Most 8-years old are in the third grade, and many of them are still struggling to read and write. But 8-year old Nia Mya Reese from Birmingham, Alabama has already written a best-selling book!
It all started in the first grade
Nia was just in the first grade when, as a class assignment, she wrote about something she was good at — taking care of her annoying little brother, Ronald Michael.
Within two years, Nia turned this assignment into a bestseller entitled, “How To Deal With and Care For Your Annoying Little Brother.” It’s now one of the most popular kids books on Amazon, and in addition to doing book signings all over the country, she has also been featured on CBS Evening News, NBC’s Harry talk show, and in Stylist magazine.
Shout out to mom
Nia’s mother encouraged her to continue working on her story, even after the assignment was completed. Her story was so amazing because, even though she finds her little brother to be annoying, she teaches the importance of patience, love and kindness.
Nia says she actually likes being a big sister, and she hopes her book will teach other kids how they too can be a good older sibling.
Even the mayor showed up
When people, both young and old, hear about her accomplishments, they are always impressed with this young entrepreneur and author.
“Great book for kids,” said one reviewer on Amazon. “It really helped my 7-year old learn how to treat her 2-year old brother, and they love reading the book because the girl looks just like my daughter.”
Even, William A. Bell, the mayor of Birmingham, was so impressed that he took time to attend one of Nia’s book signings.
For more details about Nia Mya Reese, follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/niamyareese or buy her book on www.Amazon.com
When he lost his partner and his sister, 90-year-old Derek Taylor was incredibly lonely.
“The older you get, the less people seem to contact you,” Taylor said in a video with the BBC. “I thought, what can I do to stop being lonely?”
Rejecting the idea of being isolated for the rest of his life, Taylor, who lives in Old Moat, U.K., decided to do something about it.
He wrote a list of tips to combat loneliness.
Distributed by Manchester City Council, who put the tips in a pamphlet about Manchester’s “Age-Friendly” outreach work, Taylor’s list includes everything from learning to use a computer at your local library to joining a hobbies club.
“Some of the tips were to use the phone more often,” Taylor said. “Get in touch with neighbours. Try and socialize and meet as many people as I possibly could do.”
Following his own advice, Taylor is happy and has made many new friends at his coffee club and gardening program.
“These are simply the things I have done to keep myself active and involved, and I thought they might be useful for other older people living on their own,” Taylor wrote for the Manchester City Council.
As pointed out by Mashable, Taylor isn’t alone in experiencing loneliness at this stage in his life. They note a statistic from Age U.K. that says 35 per cent of people over 65 spend time with friends most or every day, and a overwhelming 12 per cent never do. Around five million people in the U.K. consider television “their main source of company.”
For this reason, Taylor’s list to combat loneliness is so important.