Little Known African-American Children's Book Makes Big Move to AOL Kids Bookshelf

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Author Kamichi Jackson is pleased to announce that her young reader book, "You’re Too Much, Reggie Brown", is joining a prestigious group of young reader titles on the KOL Bookshelf.

She’s curious, intelligent, outgoing, adventurous, and just plain cute as a button. And on December 28th, she’s headed to KOL, AOL’s online service just for kids.

Author Kamichi Jackson is pleased to announce that her young reader book, You’re Too Much, Reggie Brown, which features the author’s beloved nine-year-old fictional character, Regina “Reggie” Brown, is joining a prestigious group of young reader titles on the KOL Bookshelf.

Written especially for an audience of African American girls ages 7 to 12, but widely adored by readers of all ages and cultures, the book features the Baltimore-born title character in six spirited stories in which Reggie learns a lesson about judging others unfairly while working a local book event (The Big Book Festival), gets a makeover that teaches her what true beauty is (The New and Improved Reggie Brown), becomes a local celebrity and lets her ego get the best of her (The Famous Reggie Brown), skips a day of school and learns about a very special little girl who made history when she attended classes (Reggie’s Day Off), comes face-to-face with an old woman all the neighborhood kids believe is a witch (Mean Old Miss Mackey), and saves the day at her favorite aunt’s wedding (Ernie’s Big Day).

“I wanted to create an African-American character from a strong, middle-class, two-parent family.” says Jackson. “One whose thoughts, speech, and life situations are both familiar to readers from similar backgrounds, as well as culturally enlightening to those outside the African-American community. Our children of color are reading and Reggie Brown is just the type of character they’ve been waiting to read about. The positive response I’ve received from my readers and their parents is evidence of that. And thanks to Toni Clark and Michael Strickland over at AOL, I’m now able to potentially introduce her to hundreds of thousands of new readers of all backgrounds, which is a huge step for my work and my creative mission.”

You’re Too Much, Reggie Brown is the first title in a promising series by the author, who plans to release additional installments including Gotta Love That Reggie Brown, It’s Your History, Reggie Brown, and Reggie Brown Goes to Harlem, a special title scheduled to be released Harlem Week 2006. In support of the upcoming titles, Jackson is planning a series of Baltimore area in-store booksignings, visits to several local book clubs, and a book release party for Reggie Brown fans new and old. The author is also currently promoting her "OUR CHILDREN ARE READING...SUPPORT THE AUTHORS WHO WRITE FOR THEM" urban youth literacy movement and considers this move to KOL as a major achievement towards that effort.

For further information, or to book the author for a signing, classroom visit or interview, please contact her management by email, or call WTG at (877) 273-8098. For regular updates on the Reggie Brown series, please visit http://www.thereggiebrownseries.blogspot.com. To purchase products in support of the author’s urban youth literacy movement, please stop by http://www.cafepress.com/imsayin.

About the Author

Kamichi Jackson is the author of the Reggie Brown series, an upcoming young adult title (K My Name Is Kendra) a forthcoming adult novel (The Brownstone), two unproduced screenplays (On the Dotted Line and Cynda), and several short stories, one of which (Where Present Meets Past) is currently available for exclusive download at Amazon.com. Kamichi has made numerous appearances, among them the Baltimore Book Festival, and is currently scheduled as a featured author at the 2006 Houston Black Film Festival in February. Repped by Renee Byrd of the Sheba Media Group, the author is a member of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, the Hurston-Wright Foundation, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Kamichi was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut, but currently resides in the DC Metro area.

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