Shamya attended Ballou High school when she authored her book. Her favorite colors are purple, blue, and pink. Her favorite thing to do is take pictures of herself, of course. Working with the Reach program is awesome because they all work together in the summer. During the year, she enjoyed working with Reach because she got to know each other and got to help kids. She signed up to be a tutor again.
BOOKS BY SHAMYA
by the teen authors of Reach Incorporated
Washington DC teens take the reader on an exciting alphabet tour of their city using both photographs and words. It's DC like you've never seen it before. D is for Duke Ellington, G is for Go-Go, P is for the Potomac River, and Q is for Quadrants. The reader will learn the alphabet while learning about the city through the eyes of kids just like them! Made in collaboration with Shootback, an organization that empowers young people to tell their own stories through photography and writing.
The teen tutors of Reach Incorporated noticed that few children's books reflected their reality. They decided to do something about that: they wrote their own. Now these teens have written eight original books, and are diversifying children's literature, one smart-fun-real-brave-bold story at a time. Learn more.
We love that this book paint such a rich portrait of DC culture from the eyes of its residents. The photos are great. I especially like that I can show my daughter some of the photos, and visit those places with her.
A to Z: The Real D.C. is an alphabetical compilation of D.C. essentials, portrayed through both pictures and words. From cliches like the national mall and Smithsonian to deeper cuts such as Kenilworth Gardens or cultural staples like Go-Go music, A to Z: The Real D.C. presents readers with a balance of state and culture, showcasing all that D.C. has to offer and leaving nothing untouched.
After reading this book to my 20-month-old daughter last night, she looked at me and said "read it again!" An excellent pictorial representation of DC from A to Z, educational, fun, and kid approved. Great work Reach tutors/authors!
--Scott, amazon reviewer
I've read many A to Z picture books in my days, but what makes this one special is not only its photographs of D.C. landmarks, but also the creativity of the photographs. My favorite is "F" is for Frederick Douglas. Not only do the pages show pictures of the Frederick Douglas Historic Site, but a photo of what I presume is one of the book's authors "shaking hands" with the statue of Frederick Douglas. It's these sorts of shots that delight children and adults alike. The book's illustrations and verses also call out for the reader to discover D.C. destinations that have yet to be explored and to start planning on re-visiting more familiar ones. On some of the pages I can almost taste the food, hear the sounds of traffic, and smell the scents of animals and plants. The fact that this book was created by D.C. teens is just icing on the cake.
--Bookfan, amazon reviewer