Literary spotlight: What to read while you wait

BY DONNA M. GRAY-BANKS
SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES

As we shelter in place, this is a good time for us to catch up on reading.

Please take the time to read to your children and your grandchildren as they spend time at home during this event.

The list of children’s books and the other genres are by local and regional authors who have all participated in the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festivals in Daytona Beach.

Literacy is a legacy that we should leave for our children and our children’s children.

As we gather together as families and friends during this trying time, take some time to transport to another country, another time, another universe and enjoy the possibilities “as reading will take you places you will never go” (Dr. Seuss) Enjoy!

Most of the books are available on Amazon.com. Some are available as audiobooks and eBooks.

Editor’s note: Donna M. Gray-Banks is the founder and director of the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festivals.

Children’s books

Rekia Beverly: “Mrs. Ashbury’s Birthday’’ “Mrs. Ashbury’s Hero’’ and “Mrs. Ashbury Teaches Black History, www.MrsAshburysWorld.com

Vincent Taylor: “Cornbread Has A Bad Habit,’’ “Cornbread Faces the School Bully,’’ “Cornbread and the Stolen Diamond Watch, Vincent@TriEclipse.com. www.vincenttaylor.net

Shontell Woods: “Emery Takes On Kindergarten,’’ booksbyshontell@gmail.com

Dr. Primrose Cameron: “Princess Primrose goes to Washington DC,’’ www.primrosecameron.com

Robin Ghent: “The Sweeping Night Dream,’’ robinghent@yahoo.com

Constance Poitier: “Chase Loves to Read,’’ “Chase Head’s to Kindergarten’’ and “Chase’s Graduation Day,’’ constancepoitier@gmail.com

Spiritual

Sharlyne C. Thomas: “When Heaven Hears Your Prayer,’’ www.TakeUpThySword.com; info@TakeUpThySword.com

Chaconna Downs: “Simple Sayings: Sprinkles of Encouragement,’’ “21 Talks Conversations with God and “21 Talks for the Workplace,’’ www.blurb.com/user/CJAQIS

Angie Bee, “Last Week… I Wanted To Die,’’ “MAAA! Why Hearing God’s Voice is Essential to Motherhood’’ and “In the Beginning There was God Me and You.’’ www.Facebook.com/DaQueenBeeEvangelistAngieBEE

Self help

Tawanna Chamberlain: “Communication & Crisis Management amid the Coronavirus,’’ www.theposhpublicityfirm.com

Angie Ransome-Jones: “Path to Peace, A Guide to Managing Life After Losing a Loved One,’’ www.authorangiejones.com

Relationships

Derek Triplett: “Happier Endings – How to Guard Your Relationship’s Future,’’ derektriplett on Twitter and Instagram

Ann Marie Sorrell: “Chronicles of a Serial Dater,’’ chroniclesofaserialdater.com, amariesorrell@gmail.com

Fiction

Robin Ghent: “Meet Me at The Bus Stop,’’ robinghent@yahoo.com

Suspense

KR Bankston: “Shattered Peace, Interception, and The Agency.” krbankstononline.com and krbankstononline.co

Adult suspense

Donna M. Gray-Banks: “Ila’s Diamond,’’ “Ila’s Diamond II’’ and “Ila’s Diamond III,’’ donnamgraybanks.net, donnamgraybanks2018@gmail.com

Adult

Keith Kareem Williams: “The Higher Learning Curve’’

Urban thriller

Keith Kareem Williams: “Death in the City’’

Contemporary literature

Keith Kareem Williams: “Time Doesn’t Stop for Broken Clocks’’

Memoirs

Elizabeth Savage: “No Trespassing” Tamiya Davis: “From Fatal to Fierce,’’ www.tamiyadavis.com

Asante McGee: “Reclaiming My Power, My Life in the Aftermath of R. Kelly,’’ www.asantemcgee.com

Romance

Laro Claitty: “Hot Enough to Melt Chocolate,’’ “Unfollowing My Ex’’ (Book 1 of the East Coast – West Coast Short Story Series), “Love Connection’’ (Book 1 of the East Coast – West Coast Short Story Series). www.laderopress.com/shop

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