Talk about achieving great things before you can even legally drive!
Four years ago at the age of 9, Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest Oscar nominee in history for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, and a mere four years later she is showing the world that she do more than act.
She can write too!
Wallis recently told BET that A Night Out With Mama was inspired by an actual real-life event.
“That picture book about the Oscar night [I was nominated] and went with my mom. And then Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg is a chapter book about Shai and her best friend Emmie. They go to a performing arts school and there’s a new girl, Gabby, that comes in and she’s supposed to be from Hollywood. There’s a play at their school and Shai doesn’t get the part and Gabby does and she’s trying not to hate her or be upset that she didn’t get the role that she wanted,” the Annie actress said.
She also shared what her favorite books were when she was younger.
“My favorite author is Dr. Seuss. When I was younger, he was the man. I liked Roald Dahl, too. I remember reading a lot of his books growing up.”
We couldn’t be prouder of Quvenzhané!
These books are also important because in order for little Black girls to be it, they need to see it. And her accomplishments can inspire others like her to be writers and remind them that their stories matter too!
Can’t get enough? Well her third book, “Shai and Emmie Star in Dancy Pants!,” which will be released in January.
25 Books Every African-American Should Read
1. “Annie Allen” by Gwendolyn Brooks1 of 23
2. “Up From Slavery” by Booker T. Washington2 of 23
3. “Assata: An Autobiography” by Assata Shakur3 of 23
4. “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston4 of 23
5. “Dreams From My Father” By Barack Obama5 of 23
6. “Breath, Eyes, Memory” by Edwidge Danticat6 of 23
7. “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly7 of 23
8. “Beloved” By Toni Morrison8 of 23
9. “Half Of A Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie9 of 23
10. “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison10 of 23
11. “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou11 of 23
12. “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” by Fredrick Douglas12 of 23
13. “Song Of Solomon” by Toni Morrison13 of 23
14. “Role Of Thunder Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor14 of 23
15. “The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man” by James Weldon Johnson15 of 23
16. “Kindred” by Octavia E. Butler16 of 23
17. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett17 of 23
18. “The Secret Life Of Bees” By Sue Monk Kidd18 of 23
19. “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison19 of 23
20. “The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. ” by Martin Luther King Jr. Edited by Clayborne Carson20 of 23
21. “The Blacker The Berry” by Wallace Thurman21 of 23
22. “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander22 of 23
23. “I Am Not Sidney Poitier” by Percival Everett23 of 23
BlackGirlMagic: Quvenzhané Wallis Is Now A Published Author! was originally published on hellobeautiful.com