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Six-year-old boy and his sister, 4, help mum write Best Children’s Book of the Year

BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK: Miles and Mia with their award

BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK: Miles and Mia with their award

A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy and his four-year-old sister have helped their mother write the Best Children’s Book of 2017.

Miles and Mia Alexander, together with their mother Michaela, from London, have much to celebrate after their debut self-published book, Miles & Mia A-Z, won the coveted Mumii’s Family Award.

Designed to showcase the very best products and services available for every family’s needs, wants and desires, The Mumii Family Awards are the go-to awards for parents all over the UK to search out the best of the best.

Michaela said she came up with the idea for the book after her children asked her why there were not many books with children “that looked like them”.

Miles and Mia have been involved in the whole process including sharing their ideas on design, topics for each letter and even marketing ideas.

It is is based on their real life and has received an enthusiastic great response on social media from both parents and children in the UK and around the world.


Each letter in Miles & Mia A-Z, takes readers on an educational journey through the alphabet, with an emphasis on diversity and the children’s Caribbean and British culture.

For example, in the book, ‘A’ is Afro hair, ‘Y’ is for Yams and ‘G’ is for Guava and there are also mentions of football, sushi and education.

Michaela told The Voice: There are some diverse books, but not enough compared to the demographics of the country. All children need to see themselves widely and positively reflected in books, so it’s important to capture variety.”


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