8-year-old author Malaikah Abdul-Jabbar and her family hosted a book launch today [Mar. 19] at the Daisy & Mac Store on Queen Street.
“It’s been almost a year and she has now completed her second book,” said Malaikah’s mother, Azuhaa Coleman. “It is called ‘A Different Kind of Bermuda’ and it explores Bermuda through the eyes of an eight-year-old. How does an eight-year-old view Bermuda and her people? The answer is all in this book.”
Last year Malaikah Abdul-Jabbar published “Stop The Shooting: The Way Bermuda Feels. Expressed Through the Emotions of a 7-Year-Old” — which sold out in a matter of days. She wrote and illustrated the book after a classmate’s father was shot and killed.
Launched in 2010 at a City Hall ceremony attended by then Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Paula Cox, the book proved to be an instant sensation. As a result of her book’s success in April, 2010 Malaikah became the youngest presenter in the 55-year history of the International Reading Association [IRA] conference in Chicago, which had an estimated attendance of 60,000.