They're here! Last night we were thrilled to celebrate with 14 brand new teen authors of Reach Incorporated as they launched their 2016 series of children's books. DC City Council Member David Grosso served as the keynote speaker, reminding us all how these affirming and inclusive books are now more important than ever for our nation's children. We are so proud of these teens for serving as role models and leaders for the next generation, combatting messages of fear and division with stories of hope and connection. Check out these powerful new books, and order your set today!
Thank you thank you and CONGRATULATIONS to these 14 teen authors, 4 talented illustrators, and a whole team of story coaches, designers, and editors who brought these books into the world!
by Abreona, Darrin, Rochelle, and Temil of Reach Incorporated
Closing Day is coming to the animal shelter, and “All Dogs Must Go.” Spanky, who was born with just three legs, is both excited and terrified: Does this mean he will finally be adopted? Spanky’s abandonment as a pup have left him with a deep desire to be loved, and his worries sometimes make him feel hopeless. While Pepper the mean chihuahua tries to tear him down, Dorothy the friendly pit bull tries to cheer him up. Can she help Spanky learn to be his own lovable self and finally get adopted?
by Destiney, Karion, and Aderemi of Reach Incorporated
Kendra the Kangaroo is getting ready for her hockey team’s big game against their rival. The only problem? Her team doesn’t think that kangaroos belong in hockey. And even worse, Kendra is afraid they’ll kick her off the team if they find out that she has asthma. So she keeps a big secret, and tries to prove that she belongs on the ice. Can her friend Rahim the Rabbit convince her to be herself and tell the truth before she puts herself in danger?
by R.E.L., Taijah, and Nasseem of Reach Incorporated
Lions rule the savanna kingdom and are taught to hate hyenas, who compete for the same resources. Then Mya the Lion and Asia the Hyena both get caught by a trapper and have to work together to escape. When they return home, they have to deal with protests and a face-off between their two species, and Mya has to make a tough decision: Should she rest easy in her lion power or speak up for her new hyena friend?
by Dache, Marques, Ericka, and Dartavius of Reach Incorporated
Sherbert is a little sherbet with big problems: he has serious anger management issues, and whenever he gets mad he starts to melt. His friends are getting tired of dealing with his tantrums, and the other treats in the candy shop are worried that his melting will attract unwanted attention from the store’s owner. When Sherbert’s best friend leaves him to fend for himself, he will have to learn how to deal with his anger issues on his own – before he melts away!