Quvenzhané Wallis, the 14-year-old actress who scored an Oscar nomination for her role as “Hushpuppy” in Beasts of the Southern Wild at age 9, is now adding author to her resume.
“Reading is one of my favorite things to do,” Wallis told a crowd in New Orleans at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. “It’s something I would want everyone to do, especially teenagers my age. I don’t think we read as much as we should.”
The two books were co-written by author Nancy Ohlin; Wallis came up with the concepts herself and worked with Ohlin through the process. Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg is the story of two best friends who attend a performing arts school; A Night Out with Mama is a picture book about her experience at the Oscars, when she attended with her mother Qulyndreia.
Wallis has said that she definitely sees herself “doing more of this in the future.”
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