Your average 9-year old enjoys watching television, eating tons of candy and forming newfound friendships. Brooklyn native Anaya Lee Willabus enjoys reading her own book, as the youngest published author to write a chapter book in New York and in the U.S.
Her book "The Day Mohan Found His Confidence" is about a young boy who struggles to balance life at home and school.
Willbus was one of the local residents at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Black History celebration honoring young community leaders.
She told the New York Daily News that she loves both reading and writing. "They both have something that I love in them,” Willabus said.
Her mother, Dimple, said her daughter started reading at the dear age of 2. Some of her favorite books are “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban,” and “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” such diverse topics for a blossoming visionary.
The young authoress, who loves traditional books, was inspired to write her own book after a trip to visit her parents native land, Guyana, two years prior, in which she documented all the cultural experiences she endured.
Anaya Lee Willabus wants become an inspiration to other children to tell their story in their own way. Her mottos are "Reading and Writing Will Always Be A Part Of Life" and "Continue To Dream Big." "The Day Mohan Found His Confidence" can be purchased here at amazon.com.