Award winning Children’s Book author, Dr. Sylvia Hawkins Little’s goal is to write books that not only enjoyable to read but also create a desire to learn, stimulate intellectual curiosity, celebrate diversity, enhance strong character development, and start readers on a never-ending journey in their quest for knowledge.
She wrote her first book, Tri-Alphabets for Greer—English, Español, Françai, as a present for her granddaughter’s third birthday. She was inspired by her granddaughter’s love of books, motivated by her son’s foreign language expertise, and challenged to find relevant learning materials for gifts. Family, friends, and colleagues subsequently asked her to share her gift; Dr. Little’s Tri-Alphabets and More English Español Français, a 2009 Moonbeam Children’s Book Medalist, is now available in English, Spanish and French.
Dr. Little’s THANK A BLACK MAN SERIES”, a tribute to her father and daughter, Darnell H. Hawkins, Sr. and Lisa Little, who during their lifetime used their time, talent and energies to make a difference for others, honors “Black Difference’s Makers”, Black men and women who through the years used their ingenuity, time and energies to make life better for everyone. Many often did not receive credit for their inventions. This series give credit to many who often did not receive it at the time and sometimes still haven’t.
Dr. Little holds a Doctorate of Philosophy and Masters of Education from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Currently an independent education consultant, Dr. Little has been teacher, principal and school district assistant superintendent. During her career, her work has concentrated in multi-ethnic school districts. She understands that today’s young people must speak multiple languages to succeed in today’s diverse, high-tech, information-oriented global society. Like many historians, she believes “Black History” is a subject that can interest both black and non-black youth. Both groups can learn about “Blacks” contributions to the development of civilization and history and that neither race, religion, socio-economic status, nor family background hampers their ability to succeed. Black youth can learn about people, like themselves, who have made a difference in the quality of life for others.
"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the
premise of progress, in every society, in every family."