That #BlackGirlMagic just won’t let up! Quevenzhané Wallis is showing that becoming a boss knows no age limit.After being nominated for an Oscar at 9-years-old, the 14-year-old child actress, is set to release two children’s books.
Today, Simon and Schuster released Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg and A Night Out with Momma.
Shai & Emmie is about two best friends who attend a performing arts school.
“Shai Williams was born to be a star (or a veterinarian—and maybe a dentist). She attends a special elementary school for the performing arts, and her grandma Rosa and aunt Mac-N-Cheese are both actresses. So Shai is shocked when she doesn’t get the lead role in the third-grade musical. Instead, the part goes to the new girl, Gabby Supreme, who thinks she is better than everyone else.
To add insult to injury, Ms. Gremillion has now asked Shai to help Gabby with the role. Shai reluctantly agrees and enlists Emmie to help, but Gabby isn’t going to make it easy. As opening night draws near, Shai discovers that making a new friend is sometimes like putting on a show—it requires dedication, patience, and lots and lots of practice.”
And A Night Out With Momma details Wallis’ trip to the Oscars with her mother as her date.
Wallis said that she enjoyed coming up with concepts and fleshing them out with her co-author Nancy Ohlin. Shai & Emmie is illustrated by Sharee Miller and A Night Out by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.
“The stories have a few things that I like and enjoy. For instance there’s a part in the first one where a character is talking about her book bag and it’s turquoise, my favorite color. So there are small details in there that come specifically from me. I definitely see myself doing more of this in the future.”
The Shai & Emmie book is the first in a series of chapter books. The second is set to be released in January and there is no tentative date for the third.
Wallis said, “I really hope that people my age enjoy reading these books. I’m excited about experiencing new things and sometimes it gets to the point where I might get a little obsessed with it. But I really enjoy writing and I can’t wait to do more…Reading is one of my favorite things to do. It’s something I would want everyone to do, especially teenagers my age. I don’t think we read as much as we should.”