Enriching Lives Through World
Literature and Cultural Diversity



About Books for Growing Minds

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"The passionate loves and longings, hopes and fears of every culture live on forever in their stories. . . ." ~ Anenberg Learner, Invitation to World Literature

Quote from J'miah Nabawi

Founded by Award-winning Storyteller J'miah Nabawi, Books for Growing Minds™ is based in Savannah, Georgia (USA).  We tell tales, write and retell stories, and publish books with the purpose of preserving and promoting the timeless oral traditions of storytelling. Our mission is to publish and present folktales, stories and authors who promote and perpetuate "oral literature" and stories (fictional and non-fictional) that encourage family time, wellness and meaningful play.  We encourage families and communities to create their "gather-around-the-storyteller" moments in anticipation for stories, legends, testimonies and the countless folk and fairy tales of old as well as the new.  Whether expressed from the deep vibrated roar of a lion or signed with the expressive motion of sign-language, through storytelling and independent publishing our aim is to perpetuate and reflect the various folkways and attitudes of our one humanity.  We encourage family literacy and parent engagement through interactive play presented during storytelling performances, conferences and workshops. Performances and programs are presently coordinated and presented by our founder, J'miah Nabawi. Learn more about J'miah Nabawi at  http://jmiahnabawi.com/

We appreciate and encourage community partnerships that forge collaborations relative to promoting literacy, local history, learning other languages and global education. 




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About Storyteller J'miah Nabawi

A native of Philadelphia, PA, J'miah Nabawi is an award-winning, multi-faceted storyteller. His storytelling and reading-aloud programming reflect the traditional story-dance-musical storytelling drama found in many parts of Africa and its Diaspora. J’miah also tells and adapt stories from around the world. Through his presentations, he has often served as Cultural Ambassador, Program Host and Parent Engagement Facilitator at various venues presenting culturally entertaining, family-friendly, children’s programs and educational workshops. Bilingual in Spanish and a polyglot of sorts, J’miah has shared his brand of high-spirited storytelling across the U.S. and Mexico in schools; museums; colleges and universities; religious and Mind, Body, Spirit organizations. During his career, J’miah has often used his talent and name to bring community awareness to social causes and services for the benefit of children, uninsured women and families;  drug intervention; teen motivation; the homeless; elder-care; immigrant communities; support for our military veterans and their families.  In recognition of giving back to his community and surrounding areas, J’miah is an esteemed recipient of the "ORACLE Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership, Southeast Region, for the contributions he’s made to his community through storytelling," awarded by the National Storytelling Network (NSN) of Jonesborough, TN.
~ The Elijah Agency

Storyteller J'miah

"J'miah's understanding of all things Zora and his infectious storytelling style are a treat for listeners and readers of all ages. J'miah reworks Zora's philosphy and presents her thoughts in a new light that captivates those already familiar with the writings of Zora Neale Hurston. For those kids who have not yet discovered Zora Neale Hurston, J'miah ushers them into a fabulous world filled with rhythm and contagious laughter with a healthy dose of love and wisdom. Zora Neale Hurston and J'miah Nabawi are great for your mind and soul!" 

— Julie Bascom, Youth Services Director, Hilton Head Branch Public Library, Hilton Head Island, SC

Here's what others have to say about his work:

"Mr. Nabawi is one of Savannah's most visible and favored storytellers. He has been the community's choice for various festivities, with no barriers on race, ethnicity, or age. Whether it is through the Live Oak Public Libraries, The Telfair Museum, local churches, schools, universities, the leadership and service that he continues to provide through his profession is legendary here amongst Savannahians."
  —Dr. Otis S. Johnson, Former Mayor of Savannah, GA

"We know that you have done this today, not for yourself, but for the ultimate good of our children and the betterment of their lives. We fully realize that it will take work and dedication but we are willing to accept the task gladly. We start with faith in ourselves, faith in our children and with a firm hope in what will come tomorrow. I know I speak for everyone here when I thank Mr. Nabawi for sharing his expertise and his insights with us. I know that I have profited from being here, and in the name of us all, I thank you for caring enough to come."
  —Sarah E. Boyd, Principal, Williamsburg County Magnet School of the Arts, Kingstree, South Carolina

"The students at Jasper Elementary love J'miah. (The teachers at our school find him to be a full partner in curricular planning and implementation of lessons and units.) J'miah can tell stories, write and direct plays that are performed school-wide, teach small groups and make children laugh and smile. If he had a cape, he could fly . . . at least the children think so."

—Dr. Kathleen Thompson, Retired Arts Educator/Director of Cultural Projects (Georgia Council for the Arts)

Committed to Serving Others

Throughout his career, J'miah has used his talents to promote and encourage the publishing of traditional folktales and to present performance storytelling that encourage positive self esteem and sensitivity to multicultural communities. He prioritizes helping children and teens, the disadvantaged and intercultural communication. J'miah is currently active as a roster traditional artist with Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) and with South Carolina Arts Commission's (SCAC) as a  teaching artist. His community endeavors:

Helping the Homeless • Assisting the Elderly • Helping Individuals Stop Drug Use • Supporting Military Veterans • Supporting Immigrant Communities

Citations and Awards Received

J'miah has numerous recognitions for helping children and immigrant communities in urban and rural settings. His work has not gone unnoticed as he has received honors from the following organizations:

Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania • Blue Mountain Schools District in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania • Miami-Dade City Council in Miami, Florida • Citation from Boston's Mayor, the lateThomas Menino

Learn more about J'miah Nabawi and his Arts-based activities with this link