Our Favourite STEM Author, Patricia Newman on “Neema’s Reason to Smile”

Author Interview With Patricia Newman – Neema’s Reason to Smile

We’re over the moon to have STEM award-winning author Patricia Newman’s back on the Reading with Your Kids podcast! LIGHTSWITCH Learning has just published Neema’s Reason to Smile by award-winning author Patricia Newman and illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. Patricia is joining us to tell us all about her wonderful little book about  Neema, a young Kenyan girl who dreams of one day being able to afford to go to school. Slowly, and with great purpose, Neema and her mother formulate a plan to save money and make her dream come true.

Neema’s Reason to Smile reminds us that education is the greatest gift we can give a child and that with enough love and determination, dreams sometimes do come true. Moving, important, and inspiring. Back matter includes quotes from the Jambo Jipya children’s home students, a glossary, discussion question and a craft.

In this incredibly informative episode, you’ll learn about various educational books by Patricia. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, and tune in for all the great insights!


About the Author

To Learn More About Patricia & Her Books

Visit her website at www.patriciamnewman.com

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Learn more about “Neema’s Reason to Smile”

What’s in your dream basket?

Neema's Reason to SmileNeema’s is full of big dreams, like becoming a scientist, an inventor, or a teacher.

Neema’s Reason to Smile is the story of Neema, a young Kenyan girl who dreams of one day being able to afford to go to school. Slowly, and with great purpose, Neema makes a plan to save money in her dream basket and make her dream come true. One day, a mysterious young girl skips down the street wearing a red skirt and white shirt. Soon, she guides Neema all the way to a new school.



Interviews about NEEMA can be found at https://www.patriciamnewman.com/books/neemas-reason-to-smile/

Grab your copy of Neema’s Reason to Smile at https://amzn.to/2qHvG4j

Trailer for NEEMA’S REASON TO SMILE: https://youtu.be/7iYPO2SwwtI

Order your copy from Amazon or directly from the publisher – [email protected]



In This Episode, You’ll Hear

  • More about Neema’s Reason to Smile, a picture book by Patricia Newman about a young Kenyan girl dreaming of an education.
  • Who needs to hear the story of Neema’s Reason to Smile?
  • Patricia talks about research, reading, and writing activities for the kids and parents to do together while reading Neema’s Reason to Smile



A big thank you to Patricia for joining us and for sharing her great insights with our listeners!


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