We’ve finished our seventh summer of writing workshops with the teen tutors of Reach to create four new children's books. These students were excited to create stories that will inspire and educate the young people they tutor and throughout their community. They spent four weeks writing with the help of our story coaches, brought their characters to life with up and coming illustrators, and learned what it takes to create a children's book. Now that the authors have finished writing, our illustrators are working on bringing their stories to life! Books launch in November and we can't wait. We couldn’t keep these exciting new stories to ourselves, so here’s a sneak peek at this exciting new batch of books:Read More
Its official! I Am Night Sky and other reflections by muslim american youth, Shout Mouse Press’ newest antholgy featuring the stories of Muslim youth from the DMV area has launched. After a year of writing, editing, and rewriting Next Wave Muslim Innitiative’s youth authors presented their book I Am The Night Sky to an audience full of friends, family, readers, and supporters.Read More
We celebrated the beginning of Ramadan by announcing our newest book: I AM THE NIGHT SKY
and Other Reflections by Muslim American Youth
…and other exciting updates….
This book, the fifth volume of The Ballou Story Project, was initiated by the students of Ballou High School in response to a challenging year for the community. They wanted to illuminate the Ballou not often represented in the media--one full of love, hard work, and transformation. Most importantly, these young people wanted to speak for themselves, not to be spoken about. They remind us that there are many sides to every story, and that all voices should be valued and heard. “This is our last line of defense,” they write. “These are our stories. This is the Ballou We Know.”
The Ballou We Know will be released May 9th.
Our Authors Have Had an Incredible Start to 2019!
The authors of Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth…
Received a glowing starred review from School Library Journal: "Spotlighting underrepresented voices, this work is highly recommended for all communities in their efforts to promote empathetic, inclusive discussions around immigration." Read the full review here.
Were selected as the winners of the In the Margins Book Award for Non-Fiction. This national competition spotlights titles that especially engage marginalized youth, and prioritizes the opinions of these youth when selecting winners.
Authors of The Day Tajon Got Shot...
Were honored by DC City Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie for their "commitment to using their voices to contribute to a national dialogue and to act as leaders in their community." Watch the ceremony here.
Made a trip to Politics & Prose to meet some of their favorite authors featured in Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black In America. Authors were able to gift copies of their own book to contributors Jason Reynolds, Renee Watson, Leah Henderson, editor Ibi Zoboi, and panel moderator Elizabeth Acevedo.
Authors of Deena Misses Her Mom...
Had their work highlighted in an Edutopia article about the toll of mass incarceration on young people. Co-author Kahliya said: “In our community, having an incarcerated parent is a conversation that’s rarely brought up... Kids shouldn’t be left to deal with this by themselves.” We are so proud of Kahliya for representing her work in a meaningful and impactful way. Read the full article here.
And in other news…
We’re saying good luck and goodbye to…
Sarai Johnson, who has worked with SMP in various ways for over 3.5 years! During her time at Shout Mouse, Sarai worked with authors on eight different book projects: Voces Sin Fronteras, The Day Tajon Got Shot, Humans of Ballou, Spanky the Pup, Carla and the Jazzed-Up Scorch-Torch Funtastic Sneakers, Tyrell's Big Move, and upcoming titles, I am the Night Sky and The Ballou We Know. We are so grateful for all of Sarai's time and talents! Please join us in wishing Sarai the very best as she pursues opportunities as a full-time educator. And don't worry -- Sarai will remain a part of the Shout Mouse community, and she'll see you at the next book launch!
And a warm welcome to…
Lana Wong, our new Community Impact and Partnerships Director! Lana has served as a Shout Mouse photo coach since our founding and is now joining the team to lead our outreach efforts. Lana has diverse work experience as a photographer, educator, television broadcaster, and creative director. In 1997, Lana founded Shootback – a youth photography and development project in the Nairobi slums that harnessed the creative voices of young Kenyans so they could tell their own stories. Inspired by this experience and her creative collaborations with international organizations, local NGOs, foundations, youth, and artists, Lana is thrilled to be working with Shout Mouse to utilize the power of words and images for advocacy, education, and development.
We are so excited that award-winning young adult, middle grade, and picture book author Meg Medina has written a new foreword for Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth! Voces is a graphic memoir collection by LAYC’s Latino Youth Leadership Council, a passionate group of young people dedicated to social justice in their community. We’ll be releasing the new edition soon, so stay tuned!Read More
Light is already the illustrator of four children’s books, Trio Plus One, One Lonely Camel, The Princess of Fort Hill Shelter, and The Hoodie Hero. They have a fine arts background, studying painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University. Light returned to the Reach children’s books project this year to illustrate Adventures in Ana Park, which comes out in November.Read More
Dartavius, who goes by Doc, is a three-time author with Reach, having written Drip, Drip: The Story of the Angry Sherbet, Madison, Sit Down, and this summer his third picture book, Tiffany and the Two Missing Teeth. Doc talked through the process of writing children’s books and gave a sneak peak into what he’s writing this year.Read More
This summer, I served as a story coach for a workshop with 10 Muslim-American teen writers and artists. The two-week long workshop was the first phase of a collaboration between between Shout Mouse Press (SMP) and Next Wave Muslim Initiative (NWMI) to provide young Muslim American writers and artists a place to produce a collection of art, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction that gives different perspectives on being a Muslim American in the current political climate.Read More
Recently, Ballou High School graduates and co-authors of How to Grow Up Like Me, Our Lives Matter, and Humans of Ballou, Carl Brown and Darne’sha Walker visited a class of 6th-8th graders at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES). KDES is a day school serving deaf and hard of hearing students from birth through grade 8 located within Gallaudet University’s campus.Read More
It’s here! Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth, Shout Mouse’s first graphic memoir collection has officially launched. Voces Sin Fronteras, a collection of 16 bilingual side-by-side graphic memoir collections, is a product of a month-long workshop with the Latin American Youth Center’s Latino Youth Leadership council, a passionate group of young people dedicated to social justice in their community.Read More
Join us for the launch of our first ever graphic memoir collection.Read More
Great news! Shout Mouse Press is partnering with Next Wave Muslim Initiative (NWMI) to produce a book project by Muslim youth. The workshops will result in an original novel, inspired by youth observations and experiences, that confronts anti-Muslim discrimination and explores multiple perspectives of American Muslims. The project, which begins this summer, will be co-led by award-winning novelist Hena Khan.Read More
This summer we also held writing workshops with 16 ambitious teens from the Latin American Youth Center’s Latino Youth Leadership Council. They wrote and illustrated true life stories of immigration, education, family, and community. For the past few months, a team of comic book professionals have been working hard to bring these powerful stories together into a bilingual graphic memoir collection not to be missed.Read More
It was our busiest summer yet here at Shout Mouse Press! Help us celebrate these summer highlights and look forward to all to come this fall.Read More
The 2017 Reach Incorporated and Shout Mouse Press children’s book writing workshops have drawn to a close. Now that the authors have finished writing, our illustrators are working on bringing their stories to life! Books launch in November and we can't wait. We couldn’t keep these exciting new stories to ourselves, so here’s a sneak peek at this exciting new batch of books.Read More