Storytime with Ssanyu Lukoma, author of Suubi's Sunny Smile

Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 10:00am

Join Ssanyu Lukoma for a storytime and signing for her book Suubi's Sunny Smile!

About the Author: I am a teenage entrepreneur, author, and public speaker. In 2018, at 13 years old, I founded Brown Kids Read, a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating all children, but especially children of color, to read more diverse literature. Since then, I have created an online and pop-up bookstore called The Brown Reads Bookshelf, and host a podcast called The Book Junkie. I have also presented to corporations including Flywire and JPMorgan Chase about Teenage entrepreneurship, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. In addition, I presented goal-setting workshops for public high school students. 

On New Year’s Day, 2021, when I turned 16, I decided that this is the year that I will realize my dream and publish Suubi's Sunny Smile. To accomplish this goal, I used my birthday gifts from family and friends to edit, illustrate, and format the book. I am now looking for ways to use my unique ability to inspire and motivate others, to earn the resources needed to complete this goal. I am looking for public speaking engagement opportunities to share my passion for diverse literature, to serve as a model that young people can make a difference, and to tell my story of how my love for reading has enhanced my life.

About the book: Moving to a new school is complicated -- but making new friends is even more of a challenge! Especially after being bullied about the gap in his teeth, Suubi struggles with his self-image. In this story, Suubi learns more about himself, confidence, and his heritage through conversations with his parents and teacher.

Suubi’s Sunny Smile combines prominent heritage and dental hygiene themes, with an important anti-bullying message. As a Black individual with an Afro-Caribbean background, Ssanyu Lukoma was compelled to write a story featuring Suubi, a main character of color as well. Suubi’s inspiring narrative will show young readers that what makes us unique, can be our greatest strength.


Event address: 
623 Cookman Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Suubi's Sunny Smile Cover Image
ISBN: 9781087885827
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Share a Smile Books - November 18th, 2021