When our children start going to school, don't we all have high hopes and dreams for them? We usually want to see them on the honor roll, excelling at sports and club activities, and becoming valedictorians and class presidents. All lofty goals but you've got to admit that it's not everyday that an 8-year-old pens an Amazon best seller!
But for avid reader and super-student Nia Mya Reese, writing her book How to Deal with and Care for Your Little Brother was just an extension of a school assignment and her family life. She loves being a big sister, so writing her book over the summer break about her experience was more fun than work.
Nia Mya's first grade teacher Beth Hankins loves the impact that her former student's book is having on her peers. "It really has spread the excitement across our school for other young writers," Hankins said. "And Nia Mya shared that she was a great big sister to an annoying little brother."
So what does the new author have to say about all of this? Nia Mya describes her brother, who is the inspiration for her book, to CBS News this way: "Well, he's a little downright annoying...I sometimes have to say no. He won't always listen." And what did she learn through this process? "I learned to follow my own dreams," she said.
We can probably expect to see more great things from little Nia Mya. If nothing else, she will be a great role model for her little brother.