Updated: Nov 29, 2018
YB&L recently caught up with Antoine Lunsford, teacher and author of the Little Andy’s World book series. Check out what Antoine had to say about two children’s books he authored and about the importance of diversity in children’s books.
Tell us a little about your book(s).
My first book Little Andy the Greatest Recess Monitor Ever is about a student who is well known in school and around town. He’s a leader and has a great heart. One day he loses sight of what’s important: relationships. Being recess monitor meant so much to him but once he realized being a good person was more important than a title/role he got his friends and his badge back.
My second book, Oh No: There’s a Bully in Our School is about two friends who bully each other for different reasons. At the end of the story, they’re able to regain each other’s trust to tackle two big obstacles: passing a reading assessment and winning the school’s first title in sports.
What was your inspiration for writing the book(s)?
As an elementary school teacher, I’m reading books all the time. I felt like I could write a book just as good with great morals and values, characters students could resonate with and a great plot. Also watching the cartoons Hey Arnold, Doug, Recess and Arthur as a child helped me create the foundation all the books in the Little Andy’s World book series.
What do you hope readers will learn from your book(s)?
I hope readers can understand it’s not about how many mistakes you make. It’s about how you learn and grow from those mistakes and making good decisions are important whether someone is looking or not. Ultimately, your decisions affect others as well. I want readers to know they can grow and become a better person from moment to moment throughout their day.
What was your favorite book as a child?
I didn’t have a favorite book as a child but I loved reading X-Men and Spider Man comic books all the time!
Do you think diversity in children’s books is important? If so, why?
Diversity in children’s book is so important because we need people of all races/ethnicities to represent their culture so they can inspire others in their communities and generate interests from those outside their own community. Everyone has a relevant story. It’s just about finding ways to market to everyone so they can have access to it.
Do you have anything else you’d like to share with young readers? .
I want readers to know they can grow and become a better person from moment to moment throughout their day. Everyday situations truly are learning experiences for all of us.