Four Upcoming Children's Books

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:

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Book Launch: I Am The Night Sky

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. 

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Welcoming our 35th book to the catalog!

…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.

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February 2019 Update

Our Authors Have Had an Incredible Start to 2019!

Authors of  Voces Sin Fronteras  sharing their book with DCPS students through the PEN/Faulkner Writers-in-Schools program. SMP authors have given talks to over 750 readers so far this school year!

Authors of Voces Sin Fronteras sharing their book with DCPS students through the PEN/Faulkner Writers-in-Schools program. SMP authors have given talks to over 750 readers so far this school year!

Voces Sin Fronteras, rose to prominence in our pile of books as it quickly became a favorite read for the youth with whom we work... That the narrative is in the voice of the youth who have lived through the experience adds the much needed authentic contextualization of identity and integrity youth often search for in the texts they read.
— In the Margins Book Award Committee
  • 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.

A uthors posed for photos next to their book --  on display alongside Michelle Obama's autobiography ,  Becoming!

Authors posed for photos next to their book -- on display alongside Michelle Obama's autobiography, Becoming!

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.