8-Year-Old Guyanese Girl, Anaya Lee Willabus, is the Youngest Published Female Author in the U.S
Anaya Lee Willabus is only 8-years-old and has been named the youngest published female author in U.S history. She was born in Brooklyn, NY to Guyanese parents. Her book, The Day Mohan Found His Confidence, is being sold on Amazon.com and is also available in downloadable version. Earlier this month, Anaya was recognized by Guyanese-born New York State Assemblywoman, Roxanne Persaud, and received a proclamation recognizing her work. Anaya has been invited to over 10 different events locally and internationally to read, sign and promote her book and bigger initiative, reading and giving back.
Here’s Anaya’s Bio
Anaya reads in excess of forty books during the Summer. To maintain her comprehension skills, her parents challenged her to write detailed essays on many of the books she enjoyed and to illustrate her favorite part. With such development, Anaya enjoyed writing and expressing her opinion of her findings and further build on her literacy skills.
Although Anaya thoroughly enjoys reading, she believes that it is incredibly important to have a balanced and fit lifestyle! She enjoys spending time playing her favorite sport, soccer. She also practices Shotokan Karate. In her free time, she plays with her dolls, goes to the park and spends time with her family. Anaya aspires to be a well known author and teacher when she grows up.
Anaya’s book, “The Day Mohan Found His Confidence”, was written after her inaugural trip to her parents homeland of Guyana, South America in April of 2014. Upon her return, she started jotting notes from her visit, documenting cultural differences. Her composition of writings seemed worthy of her parents attention and was thereafter drafted on the computer. For over a year, Anaya’s writer’s-flow, which happened at any time, continually developed into her first published chapter book.
In speaking with Anaya, she emphasizes that this generation, while seemingly overwhelmed by technology, is full of children like herself, who still believe in the traditional ways of learning and entertainment…the reading and writing of a good book!
You can follow Anaya’s book signing activities and accomplishments via her Facebook Page.
You may also support Ayana via her GoFundMe.com Campaign.
Congratulations Miss Anaya, You Rock!