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 BrooksSource: 1 of 25
2. “Up From Slavery” by Booker T. WashingtonSource: 2 of 25
3. “Assata: An Autobiography” by Assata ShakurSource: 3 of 25
4. “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale HurstonSource: 4 of 25
5. “Dreams From My Father” By Barack ObamaSource: 5 of 25
6. “Breath, Eyes, Memory” by Edwidge DanticatSource: 6 of 25
7. “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee ShetterlySource: 7 of 25
8. “Beloved” By Toni MorrisonSource: 8 of 25
9. “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Maya AngelouSource: 9 of 25
10. “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” by Fredrick DouglasSource: 10 of 25
11. “Role Of Thunder Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. TaylorSource: 11 of 25
12. “The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man” by James Weldon JohnsonSource: 12 of 25
13. “Kindred” by Octavia E. ButlerSource: 13 of 25
14. “The Help” by Kathryn StockettSource: 14 of 25
15. “The Secret Life Of Bees” By Sue Monk KiddSource: 15 of 25
16. “The Bluest Eye” by Toni MorrisonSource: 16 of 25
17. “The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. ” by Martin Luther King Jr. Edited by Clayborne CarsonSource: 17 of 25
18. “The Blacker The Berry” by Wallace ThurmanSource: 18 of 25
BlackGirlMagic: Quvenzhané Wallis Is Now A Published Author! was originally published on hellobeautiful.com