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!
Briana is an inquisitive and intelligent 8-year old girl from Brooklyn, NY. She is the ultimate, “drama queen” with a vivid imagination who is very compassionate about social issues that affect people and her community. Briana is the only child and lives in a household that includes her mom and nana. Although she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, she often likes the seclusion to spend time alone to create.
Briana’s Mom and Nana nurture her independent thinking and free spirit, but it sometimes gets her into trouble. She often feels that everything deserves an explanation and although her Mom embraces her freedom of expression, she also reminds Briana of boundaries.
Briana’s favorite activity is expressing herself. She will debate anything and everything and enjoys challenging her friends in discussions. When she can’t get any attention from her friends, Mom, Nana and her favorite shop owners, she goes in her room and talks to herself! Sometimes she arranges her stuffed animals and trusty dolls like an audience at a talk show. Either way, she will get her point across.