This 8-Year-Old Author Can Scratch ‘Amazon Best Seller’ Off Her To-Do List

A book written by an 8-year-old Alabama girl has made Amazon’s “Best Seller” list! reports that Nia Mya Reese’s book, “How to Deal With and Care for Your Annoying Little Brother,” earned a spot on the prestigious list, as well as the No.7 spot on Amazon’s Bestsellers in Parenting and Relationships. The work is also listed in Amazon’s Movers and Shakers category.

The book was born from an assignment from Nia Mya’s first-grade teacher last year. Beth Hankins instructed students in her class to write about something they considered themselves to be experts on. Nia Mya picked the subject of her 5-year-old baby brother, Ronald Michael.

With the help of Nia Mya’s older cousin, Faith Martin, “How to Deal With and Care for Your Annoying Little Brother” was born. The 11th grader assisted the young author with illustrations and the book was published by Yorkshire Publishing in Nov. 2016.

After the book’s release, Nia Mya’s creative work garnered the attention of CBS News. The news outlet sent a crew out to visit the Reese family in mid-February and filmed Nia Mya at school and at home.

“It’s kind of surreal,” Nia Mya’s mother, Cherinita Reese, said of her daughter’s new celebrity status. “I think the best way to explain it is, you know you’re supposed to be walking on this path, and then this happens.”

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In response to her increased popularity, Nia Mya doesn’t feel like anything has changed.

“I just feel normal,” the child author told her mother. “How to Deal With and Care for Your Annoying Little Brother” is available on


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