Thursday, December 7, 2017

Checkout This New Children's Book Inspired By Parental Loss And World Travel

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When you are raised by a single parent and then you lose them, how do you cope? One man tried traveling the world. 16 countries and over 30 cities later he's written an inspiring children’s book that looks to tackle the pain of that loss in a magical way.

Having lost his mother as a teen and his first child, August, whom the book is named after, Brandon has been on a mission to live his best possible life in their honor.

 He’s dedicated his life to education, travel, family and art, and has blended all of those elements seamlessly into his new book August & the Wind - one boy's journey around the world in search of the mother he lost.

Using honest recollections from his childhood and his personal experiences in traveling the world alone, August & the Wind is a story about a boy who after losing his mother to the sky, gets swept away out through his window and into a journey around the world, climbing the highest things he can find searching for her.

"I wanted to write a story that not only introduces young people to a few of my favorite places that I've been to in this world, but more importantly one that encourages those who have lost someone close to them. To remind them that even when they feel sad or small, they are never alone. That person is still with them, in their dreams, in their memories and even in the wind," Brandon shares.

The story ultimately ends in a beautiful way and is a reminder that, even in their absence, a mother’s love transcends space and time.

As we know, there is an eternal lack of Black characters in children’s books and there are not many that deal with the all too common issue of losing a parent.

"Although my son was born asleep on the wind, he now lives on in the pages of this book. My hope is to add August to the growing pool of Black characters in children's literature, and provide a source of encouragement and wonder to every little boy or girl out there on their own journey," he says.

As the holidays approach why not encourage literacy through a gift, and touch a few hearts in the process.

August & the Wind is available in softcover on or you can order a SIGNED copy in both hard & softcover from his website at

For questions or interviews, email Brandon S. Johnson at

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