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Travel the world through books and adventures 

 

About the Author

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Latoya Turner, is a woman on a mission to make a difference in the world of literacy. As the founder and executive director of Brown Hands Literacy nonprofit organization, she is dedicated to ensuring that children and families learn about Historically Black Colleges and Universities while also building a love for literacy through diverse children's books, HBCU literacy experiences, and films. 

 

With over 13 years of experience as an educator, Latoya has taught students from kindergarten to third grade. From her hometown in Detroit, MI, to classrooms in Maryland (PGCPS) and Cincinnati, OH (CPS), she has seen the impact education can have on young minds. In 2022, Latoya shifted from being a classroom teacher to focusing on her business and coaching others about literacy. 

 

Latoya’s passion for literacy doesn't stop at the classroom door. As a children's book author, filmmaker, reading specialist, and creative, she uses storytelling as a powerful tool to engage children and inspire their love for reading. 

 

Latoya is proud to be an advocate for HBCUs. These institutions hold a special place in her heart. Latoya's educational background includes a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Central State University and a Master's degree in Reading and Literacy from Central Michigan University. As a mother, Latoya understands the importance of providing the foundation at an early age for all future learning. 

 

Latoya's dedication to her community is evident. She expanded her creative pursuits by producing, directing, and writing the film Brown Hands, Black Schools HBCUs at the end of 2023. Additionally, she has organized free HBCU literacy events, volunteered her time in the community, and has given away thousands of books to kids. She often asks herself, “How will I plant memorable seeds for children while exposing them to the world?”

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Ebooks are available on Amazon.

Our Mission 

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Brown Hands LLC is committed to empowering children to travel the world and learn about HBCUs through children's books featuring African American characters. We celebrate diversity and encourage kids to build a love for literacy. 

Latoya Turner is also the founder and executive 
director of Brown Hands Literacy nonprofit organization which is a 501 (c)(3).  

Brown Hands, Black Schools HBCUs film is now available
on Prime Video. 

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Wow! Educating children about HBCUs at an early age is what we need to see more. The children and families will never forget the wonderful presentation by Latoya Turner at Read Across Madisonville. 

- Vice Mayor Jan- Michele Kearney of Cincinnati, OH 

Brown Hands, White Sand is a fun and empowering story! Before the story starts a special page where you place your hand which is intended to inspire you set the tone. The story is upbeat with adorable characters full of personality and excitement. Aria was a personal favorite of mine! The illustrations in this book are adorable, colorful, and captivating. This book truly embodies the excitement of going on a vacation! If you are planning on taking your littles on vacation anytime soon especially their first vacation this book is a must read before you go!

 

                              -Amazon customer review 

I really like how the author captured the images of our beloved alma mater, Central State University in Wilberforce Oh. This HBCU has such a rich tradition and it is wonderful to see a children's book encouraging the HBCU experience. Thank you Author Turner!! This is an excellent book and I highly recommend that you purchase multiple copies!!

                                     -CSU Alumni 

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