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Authors Writing, Collaborating, Mentoring Youth thru Example

All-books display“The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.”

~ Theodore Parker (1810 - 1860)

How does a child learn what’s true and what’s false in the world around him? By watching the world around him. Children observe and usually act out the behavior of their closest caretakers.

What children witness and then mimic other’s behavior CAN temporarily or permanently derail their world-view. I’m pleased to write today’s example which shows how a small group of men(tors) together can inspire and spark change!

Bill had lunched today with two other male, African-American, local authors. The three men shared their challenges as well as their success strategies in marketing their books.

Lehman Riley is the author of a 5-book series for children ages 7-12, The Adventures of Papa Lemon’s Little Wanderers. (Making Multi-Cultural History Fun) www.papalemonedu.com 

“Meet the Little Wanderers and their neighborhood grandfather, Papa Lemon. When the kids receive a disappointing history project, not one of them has any idea about the excitement that is in store for them! Papa Lemon surprises everyone with a secret that quickly turns the boring homework assignment into an adventure the kids won’t soon forget!” (Back cover excerpt, Book 1, Meeting Dr. Martin Luther King)

Lehman is marketing his books to elementary school reading classes. One of the things he hears time and again from these young students:

“Wow. I’ve never seen African-American authors!”

Startling? Yes. But it’s also a great opportunity for Lehman to mentor impressionable young minds. We commend him. The books are beautifully written and illustrated.

“The books are so inspiring to our kids. You should see their eyes light up with excitement as we read The Adventures of Papa Lemon's Little Wanderers to our kids. We love them all."

~ Larry & Betty Hand


Charles E. Cox, Jr. is the author of Life is a Business, 9 Key Principles To A Prosperous Lifehttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18897829-life-is-a-business 

Charles has done a wonderful job of laying out simple financial principals. I enjoyed the comparisons of managing our everyday lives like those of successful businesses.

"Charles' book, Life Is a Business, helps the reader reflect on past, current, and future aspects of our financial lives. He clearly demonstrates that one can indeed change the course of their lives if they follow these principals. A must read! ~ Bill Roddy, Author


Bill Roddy is co-founder of Osiris Organization and author of Manhood From the Hood. www.manhoodfromthehood.com 

“As I continue to navigate life as a mature man, I wonder: With all my efforts, am I truly leaving a vital legacy for the next male generation? Should I, could I do more? Or is my influence running out of strength and time?” (Front flap excerpt)

In Manhood From the Hood, Bill writes about the old-school values he learned from his grandparents, aunts, teachers and coaches while growing up in inner city Chicago. Manhood From the Hood, too, has become a great resource for reading enjoyment, inspiration, and education for middle and high school students in Minneapolis, New York City, and Little Rock, Arkansas.


At Osiris Organization, we strive to exemplify the importance of collaboration—for our staff, board of directors, donors, business–to-business connections, and community supporters.

As we continue to strive to support one another, our own achievement, and the achievement of others, increases.

Much thanks to these three wonderful authors for sharing their gifts!