Moving to a new school is complicated — but making new friends is even more of a challenge! Especially after being bullied about the gap in his teeth, Suubi struggles with his self-image. In this story, Suubi learns more about himself, confidence, and his heritage through conversations with his parents and his teacher. Join Suubi on his journey to find his superpower!
Suubi’s Sunny Smile is intertwined with prominent heritage and dental hygiene themes, but most importantly, anti-bullying. As a Black individual with an Afro-Caribbean background, Ssanyu Lukoma was compelled to write a story featuring Suubi, a main character of color as well. Suubi’s inspiring narrative will show young readers that what makes us unique, can be our greatest strength.
Ssanyu Lukoma is a teenage entrepreneur, author, speaker, and basketball athlete. In 2018, at age 13, she founded Brown Kids Read, an organization that’s dedicated to providing diverse literature to young readers.