Check out Briana the Mascot and author, Sahar Simmons, at the Essence Block Party in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY – Sunday September 13, 2015

Briana’s Neighborhood

Written from a child’s perspective, Briana’s Neighborhood characterizes the experiences of every child from all backgrounds. The themes in the collection of stories can be used to give meaning and context to children’s lives, guide their perceptions, and shape their preferences. The themes also help children from other walks of life understand and embrace experiences that may be different from their own.

Briana’s Neighborhood also allows children from many diverse cultures to see themselves in books, and to understand the reality of the multicultural society and the world we live in. Briana deals with issues such as self esteem, peer pressure, environmental causes, imagination, bullying, financial literacy and friendship that make Briana’s Neighborhood relevant and timely.


It’s Me Briana, LLCs’ mission is to bring the element of excitement and curiosity back into literacy. We provide the tools to stimulate a kid’s curiosity and creativity, by increasing a child’s confidence through words and self-discovery. In addition to strengthening family and friend relationships through games, activities, workshops, programs and events which enrich young minds with the gift and vision of knowing that anything is possible when you dream big!

About Briana

Briana is a spunky, inquisitive eight- year old socially conscious girl from Brooklyn, NY who is inspired and affected by every day issues that take place in her environment. She is the ultimate “drama queen” who loves to perform and use her vivid imagination. Briana uses writing as a way of expression. She often spends a lot of alone time creating.

Briana’s Mom and Nana nurture her huge imagination and free spirit but it sometimes gets her into trouble. Briana sometimes feels that everything deserves an explanation and although her Mom promotes freedom of expression, there is a fine line. Briana likes to push the limit sometimes which results in mischievous behavior. Overall Briana is an amazing child. Her favorite hobby is talking about anything and everything to whomever wants to listen. When she can’t get an ear from her friends, Mom, Nana or her favorite neighborhood pizza man, where else would an eight-year- old go but to her trusty dolls and stuffed animals. She often arranges them like an audience from her favorite talk show host, Oprah. Her mind seems to race a mile a minute and pretty much says exactly what she is thinking.