Meet LoLo Smith

Diversity Professional and Children's Book Author

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LoLo Smith is a children’s book author on a mission to positively reshape the way children of color see themselves. As an elementary school teacher, she was dismayed with the lack of children’s books with characters of color on the market.


So she established Do The Write Thing of DC (DTWT), with two other like-minded individuals. This 501(c)(3) tax exempt not-for-profit publishes books by, about and for African Americans to address the lack of diversity in books. “I’m filling diversity gaps in children’s literature and doing my part to normalize the appearance of African American and Hispanic girls and boys in books,” she says.


LoLo has written 10 books for children. Her books feature anime characters, American Girl dolls, superheroes and even dogs! She writes on topics such as kindness, bullying, community workers, and the COIVD-19 pandemic.


She has taken her commitment a step further by developing a literacy program, Living Storybook, through which she re-issues her original books with photos of African American and Hispanic children that participate in DTWT’s after-school and summer programs. “When children see photos of themselves in a book, it becomes a powerful incentive for them to read,” she says.


LoLo Smith is pleased to announce the release of the following books which are available for purchase at https://www.amazon.com/LoLo-Smith/e/B01LDWYAEK

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Make the Connection with LoLo Smith

Invite this author/speaker to a Live-stream Chat with you and your friends on Facebook or Instagram! The author is also available for Skype or Zoom meetups, Facebook Live parties, Twitter chats and interviews for blogs or radio shows.

Contact Ella D. Curry of EDC Creations to setup the meet & greet with the authors at: edc_dg@yahoo.com. Subject Line: Seducing the Pen Author Meeting Online.




How to Join the Seducing The Pen Online Book Tour

All you will need to do to support author LoLo Smith is to share her tour banners on your social media walls and pages, listen in on the BAN radio shows and repost the activities surrounding the tour. You do not need a blog or a website to join the fun!


If you have already read any of her books, share your reviews or recommendations with the EDC Creations team. We would love to add them to this tour page!



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Ella D. Curry has great virtual gift bags for supporters, contests and other great rewards for being a part of the tour. Make sure to email Ella and let her know that you want to support this author by sharing their material so that she can include you in the gifts!


Featured Books in the Community Workers Series

Brief Summary of the Featured Books in the Community Workers Series by LoLo Smith


Community Workers & COVID-19 and I Know My Community Workers both feature a doctor, nurse, teacher, chef, grocer, construction worker, police officer and a mayor.


Community Workers & COVID-19 and Max & Bo: Two Dogs On The Go have characters wearing face masks as a way to stop the spread of COVID-19 and provide tips on staying safe.


Ingram is the current distributor. Books can be found on Bookbub, Book Funnel and Goodreads in July, 2020.


About the Author and Diversity Professional

LoLo Smith is a children’s book author on a mission to positively reshape the way children of color see themselves. As an elementary school teacher, she was dismayed with the lack of children’s books with characters of color on the market.


So she established Do The Write Thing of DC (DTWT), with two other like-minded individuals. This 501(c)(3) tax exempt not-for-profit publishes books by, about and for African Americans to address the lack of diversity in books. “I’m filling diversity gaps in children’s literature and doing my part to normalize the appearance of African American and Hispanic girls and boys in books,” she says.


LoLo has written 10 books for children. Her books feature Anime characters, American Girl dolls, superheroes and even dogs! She writes on topics such as kindness, bullying, community workers, and the COIVD-19 pandemic.


She has taken her commitment a step further by developing a literacy program, Living Storybook, through which she re-issues her original books with photos of African American and Hispanic children that participate in DTWT’s after-school and summer programs. “When children see photos of themselves in a book, it becomes a powerful incentive for them to read,” she says.



LoLo Smith's Booksellers:

LoLo Smith on Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/lolosmith

LoLo Smith at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/LoLo-Smith/e/B01LDWYAEK


Follow LoLo Smith on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lolo.smith.169405

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What Kind Of Dog Is That? by LoLo Smith

What Kind Of Dog Is That? by LoLo Smith


Children often ask, "What kind of dog is that?" when they spot a dog with which they are not familiar.


This book helps parents by identifying 9 different breeds including the Basset Hound, Border Collie, Bulldog, Chihuahua, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Poodle, Schnauzer and the star of Cesar dog food commercials, the Westie.


Children will learn basic information about each breed. At the end of the book are two pages of Just For Fun activities through which parents can determine if their child recognizes the different breeds.


Did you know that a dog has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?


Do you know the type of dog that is featured in the Cesar dog food commercials?


Children will learn about the famous German Shepherd, Rin Tin Tin, and the ever popular Westie, through this book. Information in the book will help parents answer one of the questions they hear often when there's a new dog in the neighborhood, "What Kind Of Dog Is That?"




Download your review copy today at: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/sv3pqbg2p9



Available in paperback on Amazon

ASIN : B08L47S4XR

28 beautifully illustrated pages for children

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L47S4XR

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Community Workers & COVID-19 by LoLo Smith


Community Workers & COVID-19 by LoLo Smith

(A Children's Book About Coronavirus)


Looking for an engaging book to teach children about the coronavirus and explain what community workers do? This is it! In Community Workers & COVID-19, kids are introduced to a special town called Share-A-Lot where a doctor, nurse, teacher, construction worker, grocer, chef, emergency medical technician (EMT), police officer, and a mayor all work together to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.


Throughout this engaging story, children will learn about the role each community worker plays in the town while learning the virtue of sharing. From the teacher who reminds students to wash their hands, to the research doctor working on a vaccine for COVID-19, to the grocer and chef providing nutritious fresh food and vegetables to keep the body healthy, each worker plays an essential role in the town and they are all happy to do their jobs to help the community get through a difficult time.


But what happens when the mayor decides to offer a special prize to the most essential worker in town? How will they ever decide who plays the most essential role? You'll have to read to find out.


By the end of the book, children will have a greater understanding of how each community worker helps combat coronavirus pandemic and a newfound appreciation for the community workers keeping them safe in their own community.


Community Workers & COVID-19

Genre: Children's Book; Community Workers; COVID-19; Value of Sharing; Coronavirus


Purchase Community Workers & COVID-19 (A Children's Book About Coronavirus)

https://www.amazon.com/LoLo-Smith/e/B01LDWYAEK

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Max & Bo: Two Dogs On The Go by LoLo Smith


Max & Bo: Two Dogs On The Go by LoLo Smith


Meet Max and Bo, two fun-loving dogs that like to celebrate the holidays including New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Young children will enjoy seeing the illustrations of the dogs in their different hats, ties and costumes. This is a delightful book with rhymes on every page to engage young kids. JUST FOR FUN facts help parents determine if their child remembers the information in the book.


But it is not all fun and games for Max and Bo. At the end of the book, they are shown in face masks. This illustration can be used as a springboard for parents to discuss COVID-19 with young children. Max and Bo are in face masks since it's not too much to ask, to help prevent COVID-19, and avoid being in quarantine!


Max & Bo: Two Dogs On The Go

Genre: Children's Book, Animals/dogs, holidays; COVID-19


Purchase Max & Bo: Two Dogs On The Go by LoLo Smith

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08941TJ1L

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I Know My Community Workers by LoLo Smith


I Know My Community Workers by LoLo Smith

This picture book exposes young children to 17 different occupations, some of which they may not have considered for themselves such as being a chef, astronaut, or politician. Many are playing important roles during the COVID-19 pandemic such as the doctor, nurse, teacher, grocer, chef, construction worker, fire fighter, police officer, train engineers and the mayor.


The four pages of JUST FOR FUN facts are a very creative way for parents to determine if their child understands the information in the book. Beautifully produced books like this will get the children off the internet.


VIDEO: I Know My Community Workers by LoLo Smith

For children age 4-7. Teaches young children the titles, tools and workplaces of community workers and encourages them to set career goals. Four pages of activity sheets are available to delight and excite the children. Watch the Living Storybook Program: https://youtu.be/nLb1u6gGTMM



I Know My Community Workers by LoLo Smith

Genre: Children's Picture Book; Community Workers


Purchase I Know My Community Workers by LoLo Smith

https://www.amazon.com/I-Know-My-Community-Workers-ebook/dp/B01CZC6OM8

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We know we should be kind, but where do we start? Right here.


Ten Acts of Kindness shares 10 no or low-cost acts of kindness that parents and children can carry out at home and in the community.


Parents and children especially like the crazy cute characters in superhero costumes, the kindness slogans and the kindness pledge. When children recite the pledge daily, they learn to be kind and bullying decreases.


Parents love the companion gift for this book, a BINGO-style Kindness Game to help encourage your child to practice simple, yet powerful acts of kindness. Teach your children to be kind starting today!




Book Reviews for Ten Acts of Kindness by LoLo Smith


Ten Acts of Kindness is both good for kids and adults alike. Not only is the book crazy cute to look at, but the suggested kindness activities are easy yet not things we think to do each day. Complete with a kindness pledge sheet at the end and wonderful kindness slogans. I loved everything about this book from the look of the print, colorful adorable characters, fantastic flowing writing to the message of kindness and how to achieve it. I HIGHLY recommend this children's book.

- Aurora Faye



Ten Acts of Kindness is a very warm children's book that gives children 10 wonderful ways of being kind to one another. It is also a great reminder for adults to be kind to one another as well. It reminds us how easy it is to smile and how nice it is to receive one. Other kindness acts include taking a teacher flowers or checking in on elderly neighbors. It is a very nice book with lovely illustrations featuring anime characters in superhero costumes. It also offers a Kindness Pledge. Super Cute Book!

- Theresa Potts



Ten Acts of Kindness presents a powerful message that we can change the world one act of kindness at a time. Children learn 10 ways to spread kindness with this book. From sharing toys to helping elderly neighbors, this book shows that no act of kindness is ever wasted.

Included in the book are 10 kindness slogans, and a kindness pledge which encourages children to be kind at school, at home, and in the community. The Kindness BINGO Game that is offered for free download, will help encourage children to practice simple, yet powerful acts of kindness. This book is perfect for age 3 through 9 and is highly recommended.

- Gerald Norde Jr.




Purchase Ten Acts of Kindness by LoLo Smith

Available on Kindle Unlimited and in Paperback

Perfect for age 4-9

Paperback: 28 pages

ISBN-13: 979-8639094033

https://www.amazon.com/Ten-Acts-Kindness-LoLo-Smith/dp/B087LH662Y




Ten Acts of Kindness by LoLo Smith presents a powerful message that we can change the world one act of kindness at a time. Through this book, children will learn how easy it can be to spread kindness. From sharing toys to including everyone in a game on the playground, this book shows that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. A kindness slogan is found on every other page.


Ten Acts of Kindness is perfect for age 4-9. Kids will love this book because they will feel empowered to change the world, one act of kindness at a time!


If you value raising kids that make the world a better place, then this book is for you.





Audio preview: Ten Acts of Kindness by LoLo Smith

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Listen to ways to express kindness toward your friends, neighbors, community and family.

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My Doll & Me: Superheroes Fighting Bullying With Kindness by LoLo Smith and Carla Norde


My Doll & Me: Superheroes Fighting Bullying With Kindness by LoLo Smith and Carla Norde

Listen to the Kindness Pledge: http://www.audioacrobat.com/sa/WHcTZPvP



Bullying has become a serious problem. Many children skip school every day because they are afraid. The book describes the talk-walk-tell strategy to deal with bullies:


• Talk to a bully and ask the bully to leave you alone.

• Walk away from the bully.

• Tell an adult that you are being bullied.



The book gives another way that all of US can help prevent bullying. We can be kind.


We can say kind things to one another, even when we don't really want to.


We can try to get along, even when we'd rather fight. We can stop being unkind to each other on the internet, even if it's entertaining.


My Doll & Me includes 10 kindness slogans, a kindness pledge, 10 no or low-cost acts of kindness to carry out at home and in the community plus 2 pages of Just For Fun Facts.


Kindness is the new cool!


Parents will like the free companion gifts - a BINGO-style Kindness Game or Bully Busting BINGO.



Purchase My Doll & Me: Superheroes Fighting Bullying With Kindness

Grade Level: 1 - 2

Paperback: 56 pages

ISBN-10: 1542970393

ISBN-13: 978-1542970396

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1542970393

Read with Kindle Unlimited. Available in Hardcover and Paperback.

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The Little Town of Share-A-Lot by LoLo Smith

In The Little Town of Share-A-Lot, the egotistical mayor of a small town is in quite a quandary. The townspeople are in an uproar over her latest initiative. The business owners and community workers are on strike. The doctor won't see any patients, the construction worker won't build houses and the police won't stop crime! Will the voters initiate a recall and oust the mayor?


Young readers see the mayor grapple with the question of who the most important citizen is in the town. Is it the doctor who cures the aches and cures the ills without collecting on unpaid bills? Or is it the mayor herself who has won elections for two decades, made speeches and led parades?

The Little Town of Share-A-Lot is a spirited and engaging story that uses repetitive language to teach career education to children under age 8, as well as the value of sharing and compromise.


Parents will love free companion gifts: download of 24 pages of spelling, reading and math activity sheets based on the names of the community workers and download of boy and girl paper dolls with paper clothing/uniforms for 6 community workers.


(A Spanish language version of this book is also available titled, El Cuento Del Medallon De Ora).



Purchase The Little Town of Share-A-Lot by LoLo Smith

Paperback: 28 pages

ISBN-13: 979-8639077715

https://www.amazon.com/Little-Town-Share-Lot/dp/B087L1VWTZ



The Little Town of Share-A-Lot by LoLo Smith

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Sista CindyElla Mae (The African-American Cinderella) by Loretta Smith and Margo E. Williams

Sista CindyElla Mae (The African-American Cinderella) by Loretta Smith and Margo E. Williams


Cinderella wasn't the only person who grew up in a dysfunctional family. In this book, you will meet Sista CindyElla Mae who is also mistreated by her step family.


Sista CindyElla Mae has to cook, clean and even do homework for her two stepsisters. She holds onto her dreams in spite of setbacks and wins out in the end with the help of a very unusual Godmother.


Purchase Sista CindyElla Mae (The African-American Cinderella)

https://www.amazon.com/Sista-CindyElla-Mae-African-American-Cinderella/dp/B088N7XT7L

Paperback: 36 pages

ISBN-13: 979-8640334364

Children's Folk Tales and Myths

Children's Growing Up and Facts of Life Book

In paperback only for now.

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BAN Radio Interview with LoLo

Listen to the radio interview with LoLo: http://tobtr.com/s/11774858

Intimate Conversation with LoLo Smith


LoLo Smith is a children's book author on a mission to positively reshape the way children of color see themselves. She was dismayed with the lack of children's books with characters of color so she established a tax exempt nonprofit, Do The Write Thing of DC, with two like-minded individuals, and began publishing books by, about and for African Americans.


"I'm filling diversity gaps in children's literature and doing my part to normalize the appearance of African American and Hispanic children in books," she says.


She has written 10 books for children on topics such as kindness, bullying, the value of sharing, community workers and the COVID-19 pandemic. Her books feature Anime characters, American Girl dolls, superheroes and even dogs!



BPM: Please share something our readers wouldn’t know about you.

In addition to writing books for children, I am a sports enthusiast and have published a book about Michael Jordan retiring from the Bulls then spending his last playing days with one of the worst teams in the NBA - the Washington Wizards (Mr. Jordan Goes to Washington). I was also a sports columnist for a local Baltimore paper, in the early 2000's, and wrote a column early on after Kobe Bryant's arrest in Colorado about why he should be found not guilty if his case went to trial.


I also developed a publication, Guide To Wedding Publicity, in which I provided information on how brides can obtain free publicity for their weddings. This DIY (Do It Yourself) guide was based on my experience in getting the wedding of Jeanne Roberts, daughter of then-billionaire businessman, Michael Roberts, featured in 20 different print and on-line newspapers and magazines, including the front cover of a white bridal magazine that had never had a black bride on its cover.



BPM: If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Intense, naturally funny, and helpful.



BPM: Tell us about your passion for writing. Why do you write? What drives you? How did you start your writing journey?

When I first began teaching decades ago in St. Louis, I took a writing course. One of the assignments was to write a story for children.


I wrote "Sista CindyElla Mae (The African-American Cinderella) but was never able to get it published.


Fast forward a few decades later when I was teaching at a Title I school in northwest D.C. I asked my students to bring a book from home to school.


One of my students brought the Yellow Pages to school and said it was the only book in her home. I decided that I had to write a book, publish it and give a copy to every student to start or expand their home library. I have been writing and publishing books every since.



BPM: Tell us about writing your first set of children's books. What was the journey like?

When I was teaching 2nd grade, I asked my students to bring a book from home. One student brought a copy of the Yellow Pages and said that was the only book in her home. I became determined to produce a book that each child could take home for their personal library. I took photos of my students dressed as community workers and wrote a book based on a kiddie play I produced with the children, called Share-A-Lot.


The Share-A-Lot play was about the community workers learning the value of sharing. That book was put together on a shoe string budget. Was I ever glad when Amazon.com started helping self-published authors with their own print-on-demand company called CreateSpace which is now Kindle Publishing.



BPM: Tell us about your children's books in the Community Workers Series.

I have four great nieces/nephews, age 6-11, that I speak to on a regular basis. All of them are concerned about getting COVID-19. The 11-year-old even asked me if I thought I would get the disease since I am so old.


Their concerns prompted me to revise a book that I had written about community workers vying for an award for being the most important person in town.


In my new book, Community Workers Who Fight Disease, the workers try to prove they are the most essential because of the work they perform in connection with a disease.


I think a unique aspect of the book, Community Workers & COVID-19, is that the characters are children dressed as adults. So young children will see characters that look just like them in some of my books.


At the same time, I have issued another edition of I Know My Community Workers for young children so they will understand the duties, tools and workplaces of all of the workers in Community Workers Who Fight Disease.


A third book, Max & Bo: Dogs On The Go, ends with the fun-loving dogs donning face masks just like their human owners. It's not too much to ask, for humans and dogs to don masks, to prevent COVID-19 and two weeks in quarantine!



BPM: Introduce us to your most recent work. Available on Nook and Kindle?

While I have been home-bound because of COVID-19, I tailored a book I had previously written about community workers to describe what these workers would be doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The book, "Community Workers & COVID-19" includes tips on how to avoid getting or spreading the disease. Listen to a reading from the book, now.



I also wrote "Max & Bo: Two Dogs On The Go" and present information about COVID-19 in a very gentle way so that children will not be so afraid and know that they can protect themselves in very simple ways from getting the disease. All of these titles listed below are now available at Amazon and on Kindle.


1. Community Workers & COVID-19 (A Children's Book About Coronavirus)

2. I Know My Community Workers

3. Max & Bo: Two Dogs On The Go




BPM: How will your books impact community relationships?

Because of COVID-19 and the shutdown of our schools, this is a very scary time for our children. I just wanted to allay their fears by tackling an extremely serious topic in a book that is sometimes comical.


Before the shutdown of schools, our nonprofit organization was conducting after-school enrichment workshops at Plummer Elementary School in one of the most deprived areas of the District of Columbia.


After the school was abruptly shut down on March 16, 2020, we called each of our parents and asked them if their child could participate in a Video Book Club. I will offer these readings at a website to maximize the number of children in the community who can listen to the books being read.



BPM: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your books?

As I indicated above, I don't want our children to be traumatized by the COVID-19 to the point that they because so fearful that they become unable to function normally.



BPM: What is the most surprising thing you have learned from the community?

Black children are so talented and if provided encouragement and opportunities, it is absolutely amazing to see what they can achieve. I just hope that my books get into the hands of a lot of African American children.



BPM: Name 3 things that it takes to make a successful leader or parent, in your opinion.

To be a good leader, you have to surround yourself with competent people, get out of their way, let them do their jobs then recognize them for their work!


If only someone would give this advice to our President!


To be a good parent, make sure your child READS, READS, READS and is involved in after-school activities plus organized activities on the weekends.


Even though I don't attend church as an adult, I believe it is important to have children attend Sunday School so they grow up with a sense of values.


It is also important to set a good example for your child. If you don't want your child to grow up cursing, smoking, doing drugs, and lying, then don't curse, smoke, do drugs, and lie in front of your child.


Be engaged in your child's life - attend P.T.A. Meetings, go to Parent-Teacher Conferences and attend their special programs or sports events!




BPM: Who do you see reading your books? What age group will benefit from the stories?

My children's books are geared towards ages 4-8 in kindergarden - 2nd grade primarily. I do have one book, Sista CindyElla Mae (The African American Cinderella) which is written for students in grades 3-5.



BPM: Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips self-care for creative folks?

I feel very drained when I write because I am in front of the laptop for hours. I find that it helps to take Kelp (Iodine) when working on the laptop.



BPM: Do you have anything special for readers that you’ll focus on this year?

When anyone purchases any of the books featuring community workers, they will receive the following for FREE: Boy and girl paper dolls with paper clothing/uniforms for six of the community workers (doctor, chef, firefighter, police officer, teacher, judge).


Activity Sheets for Community Workers are included with 24 pages of spelling, reading and math activities.



BPM: What projects are you working on at the present?

I am working on two projects at the present that are very important to me:


1. The nonprofit that I co-founded (Do The Write Thing of DC) is currently offering a Video Book Club to 20 students in Kg-2nd grade who attended Plummer Elementary School in the second most deprived area of the District of Columbia (Ward 7) during the 2019-2020 school year.


Do The Write Thing implemented an after-school program at Plummer from Oct 2019 through March 13, 2020 when schools were abruptly closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We called all the parents after the school was closed and asked if their child could participate in our Video Book Club. We have been reading books from a list selected by the CHILDREN'S DEFENSE FUND for its FREEDOM SCHOOLS.


The last books that will be read to these young children will be: Max & Bo: Two Dogs On The Go and Community Workers & COVID-19.



2. I have just issued a second edition of my book about kindness (Ten Acts of Kindness) and I previously published an anti-bullying/kindness book (My Doll & Me: Superheroes Fighting Bullying with Kindness).


These books feature anime characters in superhero costumes with American Girl dolls, also dressed in matching superhero costumes. These books include the following material: Ten no or low-cost acts of kindness that children can perform at school or in the community with their parents.


No Bullying Pledge; Kindness Pledge; the Walk-Talk-Tell strategy to deal with bullies; 10 Kindness slogans (examples: no act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted; kindness is always in season; kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see, it's cool to be kind).


JUST FOR FUN facts: lyrics to NO BULLYING, an original song written by local DC artist. All purchasers of either book will receive FREE KINDNESS BINGO or BULLYING BUSTING BINGO.




BPM: Share with us more information on Do The Write Thing of DC (DTWT).

I am the co-Founder of Do The Write Thing of DC (DTWT), a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit.


Do The Write Thing of DC (DTWT) received grants from the SBA, as well as the District government, to stay afloat during the COVID-19 shutdown.


Do The Write Thing of DC (DTWT) will be able to implement interactive virtual learning sessions with 8th-9th graders with funding from the DC Department of Employment Services for their Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) in June-July 2020.



Visit the website for the nonprofit, Do The Write Thing of DC at: http://www.dothewritethingdc.org



Do The Write Thing of DC (501)(c)(3) tax-exempt not-for-profit organization established by LoLo Smith and two others on April 5, 2010 that publishes books for, about and by African-Americans. Do The Write Thing also implements academic enrichment programs after school and during the summer.



Learn More About Do the Write Thing Foundation of DC

Do The Write Thing addresses the need to offer youth from economically and socially vulnerable communities in the District full access to performing, literary and visual arts instruction which teach actionable strategies and constructive methods of self-expression. Research shows art education helps students in low performing schools where learning is impeded by the detriments of poverty.


The needs of our target population are well documented in research which shows children from vulnerable communities have low social-economic indicators that are inextricably linked to lags in academic performance, inter-generational health disparities, mental and behavioral health challenges, social isolation and criminalization.

There is evidence within the research that promising approaches for minimizing the harmful effects of poverty should be culturally appropriate, align with school-day instruction, include parental involvement, develop self-esteem and expand safety net opportunities.


Kids have the best chance at success when they feel listened to, empowered, and respected. That’s why Do the Write Thing designs its arts-based after-school pro- grams – reaching 250 students in DC’s most under-served wards – with the help of the youth themselves. Younger children write and produce their own books, casting themselves as the heroes and proudly presenting their creations, while middle and high school students use poetry, songwriting, music production, and more to raise their voices about issues that matter to them.


The Kindness Project uses art and literature to encourage little and big acts of kindness, while Fashion Against Bullying spreads positivity through a fusion of fashion, stage production, writing, and entrepreneurship. Your support teaches kids to fight hate with creativity and compassion. Isn’t that what our world needs?




BPM: How can readers discover more about you and your work in the reading community?

Explore the Community Books: http://www.dothewritethingdc.org/preview.html




Make the Connection with LoLo Smith

Invite this author/speaker to a Live-stream Chat with you and your friends on Facebook or Instagram! The author is also available for Skype or Zoom meetups, Facebook Live parties, Twitter chats and interviews for blogs or radio shows.



Join the Seducing the Pen Tour with LoLo: https://www.smore.com/s2j3g-meet-lolo-smith



Explore More Books by LoLo Smith at the Featured Booksellers

LoLo Smith on AuthorsDen: http://www.authorsden.com/lolosmith

LoLo Smith at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/LoLo-Smith/e/B01LDWYAEK

LoLo Smith on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/14323208.Lolo_Smith




Read the entire Black Pearls Magazine Interview with LoLo Smith

http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/2020/06/15/lolo-smith

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