So Booking Cool recently had the pleasure of speaking with debut co-authors Charli Hodge, 11, and Octavia Samuels, 37, about their picture book, Hello Beautiful Brown Girl. The self-published work is intended to celebrate and empower young girls of color around the world. What’s more is, Hodge and Samuels, based in Georgia, are an auntie and niece duo who sold beyond their expectations on their release day.

Hodge_Charli_Promo Photo.pngOctavia Samuels and Charli Hodge

One of the important themes of the self-described bedtime story is forgiveness. Listen to the full interview to learn more about their creative process, how Issa Rae inspires Samuels, their advice for entrepreneurs and children becoming authors, as well as their exciting future plans for their company and brand, ImCharli.Me.

Visit their official website to purchase the book and for more information.

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