Black History Month: Local author inspires New Jersey students with imaginative first book

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PATERSON, N.J. (WABC) — A Paterson author overcame major obstacles to publish her book in time for Black History Month — and the reasons for her determination are very personal.

Alicia Greene read her own book to first-graders at Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology.

“The Adventures of Peyton and Myown” is Greene’s first book. And the inspiration for it all came from her precocious young daughter.
“She uses her imagination all the time, ‘Mom, watch out for the dinosaur, the dinosaur is going to eat you,'” Greene said.

She wrote the book during the worst days of the pandemic lockdown.

She is a mother who learned to walk after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

And she was determined to get the book published in time for Black History Month for young readers.

This is a book to enjoy and an author to imitate.
“Never lose their imagination, that’s the one thing no one can take from you and that’s my hope,” Greene said.

“To see someone from their city or town they come from doing such a great thing has been very inspiring for them,” said Kevonte Bryant of the Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology.

Editing will keep Greene very busy. She said she had already written several books.

She has found her passion for teaching and inspiring through magical thoughts from her daughter’s imagination that she can share with the world.

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