National Family Literacy Month with Author Cherry Charleston Harris

November is National Family Literacy Month. What better way to promote literacy amongst young children, than to read to them! Today we highlight an amazing author who writes children’s books based on real-life experiences between her and her grandson.

Cherry Charleston Harris was born and raised in Demopolis, Alabama. She is the mother of four and grandmother of six wonderful children. She spent twenty years of her life in Germany where she experienced people from many different cultures.

Her books Oma and Me: A Trip To The Fire Station and Oma Comes To Visit are heart-warming stories centered around Ethan and his grandmother and the many things they love doing together. Her third book is Christmas themed and releasing this holiday season.

What do you define as success?

Cherry: Success is contributing something positive to the lives of others that increases life value, promotes self-worth, love, kindness and goodness.

What is the inspiration behind your books?

Cherry: The joy of being a grandmother myself and to see families nurturing their little ones. A desire to share love and hope for families in the society that we live in today where bullying and child suicide rates are so high.

What makes your books unique?

Cherry: They are not made-up or fantasy. They are stories set to rhyme of actual interactions I have had with my grandson. They are animated and colorful to make them more enjoyable to little children. Ethan, the little boy in the books, is really my grandson and this is about our lives together.


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