Charnaie Gordon, the creator of Here Wee Read, and Roda Ahmed, the New York Times bestselling publisher and author of Mae Among the Stars, debut their first-ever collaboration with the extraordinary adventures of the one and only Etta Extraordinaire!
Etta was born to be a shining star. When Etta discovers her school is hosting a talent show, she wants to share her many talents with the world. Even though she has never performed onstage before, all Etta needs to do is make a plan. (Etta always has a plan!)
And in 1, 2, 3, 4 steps, she’s ready for her big performance on the big stage in front of a BIG audience.
Or is she?
Find out how Etta beats her worries, with the help of her loving family, in this joyful story created by celebrated writers Roda Ahmed and Charnaie Gordon and illustrator Chloe Burgett.
About the Author
Roda Ahmed is a New York Times bestselling publisher and author of the beloved children’s book Mae Among the Stars, that’s now in its 19th printing. Roda is the founder and CEO of HighTree Publishing, a boutique publishing house with focus on publishing diverse children’s books. She has authored more than twelve books for children and continues to help authors and illustrators make their publishing dreams come true. Roda was born in Somalia and grew up in Norway. She can speak five languages: Somali, Arabic, Norwegian, English, and French. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Chloe Burgett is a children's book illustrator; some of her titles include Cooler than Lemonade written by Harshita Jerath, Big Bold Beautiful Me written by Jane Yolen & Maddison Stemple-Piatt, and the A to Z Animal Mysteries series created by Ron Roy & Kayla Whaley. She draws children as competent, brave, creative and resourceful human beings, just like Etta. When she’s not Illustrating, she’s crocheting, playing guitar, enjoying a video game, or writing a story of her own. Chloe lives in the Midwest with her husband, Seth, and orange cat, Pencil.
Charnaie Gordon is a Diversity and Inclusion Advocate, podcast host and Digital Creator. She is also the author of the picture books A Kids Book About Diversity, Lift Every Voice and Change, and many more. Charnaie’s blog, Here Wee Read, is where she expresses her creativity and passion for reading, diverse literature, and literacy. She’s also the founder of her children’s literacy non-profit organization 50 States 50 Books, Inc. where they collect and donate diverse children’s books to deserving kids in each of the 50 U.S. states. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.
"For the little divas who need a little nudge to perform as big as their dreams." — Kirkus Reviews
Etta proves that even if one is born with extraordinary abilities, it still takes practice, a flash of confidence, and the radiant love and support of family in order to become the kind of superstar whose light will never dim. — Derrick Barnes, New York Times Bestselling and Award-winning Author
Readers will fall in love with Etta. . . [A] charming story that reminds readers not only of the light within each of us, but also of our ability to encourage and support the light in others. — Joanna Ho, New York Times Bestselling and Award-winning Author