COMING 2025: Gabby Meets Kindness!
Paula Johnson Neal is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in early childhood development. She resides in Columbus, Ohio, and enjoys spending time with family, friends, zip-lining, indoor skydiving, traveling, and volunteering for story time with the American Literacy Corporation and Columbus Literacy Council.
“I’m Gonna Have A Good Day” was published in June of 2019. In May of 2021, Paula received the SVFC Corcoran Award for her book's impact on youths served by St. Vincent Family Center and the community. She is passionate about sharing life stories from the lens of young children. Paula enjoys observing and listening for what they say, how they say it, and why they say it. "I'm Gonna Have A Good Day" was born from the need to have an open discussion with young children about their social and emotional struggles. The story invites dialogue to engage young children in thinking and sharing ideas on better play interaction with their peers.
Paula's sophomore children's book, "Breathe, Gabby, Breathe!" is the sequel that does not disappoint! "Breathe, Gabby, Breathe!" takes the reader on a bumpy roller coaster ride to witness Gabby's struggles while cheering her on for a better school day.
Paula's children's books offer readers actual storylines from the mouths of young children. Her books are beautifully illustrated with a black lead protagonist and friends of all races.
"Black children have learned to remove self from their own imagination. My mission is to change that for today's and tomorrow's children by creating a series of multicultural books centered around Social & Emotional Learning (SEL). Also, to provide children, parents, librarians, and educators access to stories with a character that mirror the reader and friends of all races and cultures."
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