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In the city [CHILDREN'S Book]

In the City, was inspired by a song that Dr. Yawza!  sang to his youngest daughter during a trip to New Orleans for Essence Music Festival. It was early morning, and she had just woken up and was looking for her momma. From the view from the hotel room they could look out and see and hear the hustle and bustle of the city. Surprisingly, his daughter loved the song and thus In the City was born.

About the Author:

New York City native, Dr. Nana Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, is a Family Physician in Baltimore, Maryland. As a husband and a father his professional and personal lives have connected in ways he never imagined. In The City is his first children's book inspired from the wonders of raising his two daughters. Dr. Yawza!, as he is affectionately known as to his family and friends is an avid reader and collector of comic books, a foodie, and enjoys spending time with his family. He holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University, and a medical degree from  Ross University School of Medicine. In The City is the first of a series of children's books from Dr. Yawza! that will take children on a literary journey of new experiences. Dr. Adu-Sarkodie is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.

About the Illustrator:

Terrell Lamont Bunch, Sr. is a high school Visual Arts teacher in New York City. As a Visual Arts teacher he has been able to connect with students through the realm of art and expression for over ten years. His work has been displayed at Eagle Academy in Ocean High in Brooklyn,  he has partnered with Eagle Foundation, a non profit organization on a mural project that recreated images of African American icons such as Shirley Chisholm and James Baldwin, and has proudly contributed to his alma mater with a school logo design. Mr. Bunch holds degrees from  Virginia State University in Fine Arts, and a  Masters in Art Education & Early Childhood Development from CUNY Brooklyn College. Terrell believes that children learn best when provided with creative learning opportunities to build a sense of self. Mr. Bunch  is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.

Why The SUN Rises


Why The SUN Rises, co-founded by Dr. Doran Gresham and Meredith Chase-Mitchell , is a book of essays and photo compilation of educators across the United States. Each essay shares an inside view on the passion, rewards, and challenges of being an educator. Co-founder of Classroom Culture Monique Leyden is also a contributing writer sharing her experiences as an international educator.

Classroom Culture shares the mission of Why The SUN Rises with book events across the country comprised of panels, book talks, and fundraisers. Additionally, Classroom Culture utilizes essays in Why The SUN Rises as speaking pieces at education themed conferences and professional development workshops.