Nicholas Buamah, 8, was celebrated by Whoopi Goldberg on an episode of The View this month.
Goldberg acknowledged Buamah for Black History Month, saying the second-grade author recently had his animated book, Kayla & Kyle The Walking Dictionaries: Election Day, added to the Library of Congress catalog.
“I developed the character of Kayla when Nicholas was younger to help teach him expanded vocabulary,” she said. “After being praised by his first-grade teacher for using the word ‘collaborate’ during his first week of school, I asked Nicholas what he thought about writing a book to help his friends expand their vocabularies. He thought it was a great idea, as long as one of the main characters could be a male figure, and that’s when he created Kyle.”
In the book, twins Kayla and Kyle engage in a debate as they both campaign to be class president of their school. Nicholas is working on a second book in the series, which will be released this summer.
The 8-year-old has dreams of the book being available in every classroom in the country. He also would like to study mechanical engineering at MIT.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.