Book three of the I AM ILA BEAN Series is here! Living life, stepping out of your comfort zone, and learning about new cultures is what this book is about! You’ll get to see Ila’s favorite places that she’s visited, whether it’s a drive to another state or a flight to another country. If air travel isn’t something you can do at this time, it’s a great time to dream big, do your research, set goals as a family, and start working on a plan! Ila Bean hopes that her travels can bring you joy and that one day you’ll record your story for someone else to read!
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A Charlotte-based, African-American mother-daughter duo writes an incredible book series following an upbeat young girl named Ila Bean as she navigates the world around her and learns important lessons about life. And true to life, the lessons shared in the I Am Ila Bean series are touching, some difficult, and others – downright hilarious. There are three books in the series: Ila Bean & The Perfect Pup; There’s Magic in My Hair and The Adventures of Ila Bean.
The series is written by nine-year-old Ila Gibson and her mother Ericka Gibson. Many of the storylines featured in the I Am Ila Bean series are inspired by Ila’s own experiences and important lessons she has learned as she grows up in today’s ever-changing world. The first book in the series follows Ila Bean as she travels the exciting and sometimes nerve-wracking territories of becoming a big sister.
The mother-daughter duo sought to create the Ila Bean series both through Ericka’s personal and professional interests in motivating young girls to share their gifts with the world and Ila’s love for reading. Ila has always been a voracious reader–so much so, the family ensured they purchased a home within walking distance from a local bookstore and library. And Ila’s love of language doesn’t stop there—she is also bilingual, speaking both French and English, in part due to the family’s time living in Belgium. The budding author also loves animals and has aspirations of being a veterinarian or scientist someday.
“I am so excited to share Ila Bean’s journeys with other kids,” said co-author Ericka Gibson. And Ila added, “I can’t wait for you to read our third book!