My first book, Broccoli Chronicles won three literary awards: the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award in Children’s Fiction, Honorable Mention in Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for Juvenile Fiction, and silver place for the 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Juvenile Fiction!
I am a big advocate for reading and therefore created Reading Builds Character, a nationwide reading initiative to encourage more kids to read. Some of my article’s and books have been featured in the Merced Sun Star, the Children’s Writer’s Guild, the Big Bear Grizzly, the Chapman Alumni Blog, the CSUDH Newsletter, and in other media. My articles, “Try, Try Again” and “Feedback That’s Fulfilling” were both published in IBPA’s Independent Magazine.
In 2008, I started TCD Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers tutoring, enrichment programs, and community awareness to youth and in 2011, I started Building Voices, an independent publishing company that specializes in children’s fiction.
In my spare time, I love reading and writing children’s books, primarily easy readers and chapter books. I also enjoy volunteering at my church and giving back to the community. I tweet at @taneekabdasilva.