Seven CPS Students Under 17 Have Become Published Authors

July 13, 2021

The pandemic has stalled a lot of things, but it has not affected the creativity of these local writers, who all became published authors before the age of 17:

  • Norah Boehm (Kilgour Elementary)
  • Tamia Caudill (Clark Montessori High School)
  • Ghizelle Cephas (Glendale Elementary)
  • Nina DeMarcantonio (Kilgour Elementary)
  • Maddie Felsburg (Cincinnati Digital Academy)
  • Quinten Fisher (Ohio Virtual Academy)
  • Rhema Joy (Silverton Elementary School)
  • Elijah Robinson (St. Benard Elementary)
  • Jazlynn Rodgers (North Avondale Montessori School) 
  • Caroline Smith (Kilgour Elementary)
  • Nazyiaah Taylor (Freedom Elementary)
  • Marionna Thomas (Homeschooled)
  • Jenna Wright (Our Lady of Grace)

junior authors book signing information (all text in the story)The Junior Authors program is hosting a Book Signing Expo to celebrate the young authors from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at Roll Hill School, 2411 Baltimore Avenue, 45225. 

In 2018, more children's books that featured an animal main character were published than children's books featuring a Black, Latinx, Native or Asian child. The most recent 2015 study by Lee & Low, the largest multicultural children's book publisher in the country, determined that 79 percent of the overall publishing industry was white. Well, that’s slowly but surely changing. Author and Publisher JaQuan Postell along with Illustrator husband, Matthew Postell started the Junior Authors program in Cincinnati. They did so to highlight more stories done by creative children, full of great stories and huge imaginations.

JaQuan says, "At Junior Authors we encourage young writers to express their creativity through storytelling from start to finish. We are determined to see young writers become published authors."

Please help these Junior Authors continue to make positive changes in their communities, by getting the word out about their books. It is our mission to help children that want their voices to be heard, by helping them become newly published authors.

Learn more about Junior Authors.