April 13, 2017
Wilson Elementary School fourth grader Sydney McGee, aka Sydney Sunshine, became the youngest best-selling author on the African-American Literature Book Club with her first published children’s book Sydney Sunshine and the Not-So-Magic Mirror.
April 13, 2017—Sydney Sunshine is the bubbly positive-thinking main character in the recently released best-selling children’s book Sydney Sunshine and the Not-So-Magic Mirror. But, Sydney Sunshine is not just a character in the book; she is a fourth-grade student at Wilson Elementary School and the author of the book.
Sydney McGee wrote her first book, Sydney Sunshine, at 8 years old and had it published in February 2017. Only two weeks after publishing, the book was the number one best-seller on the African American Literature Book Club children’s book list.
“It’s about a girl who wants to spread a message to kids all around the world about self-esteem and self-confidence,” said McGee. “The mirror [in the story] shows that magic isn’t just in the mirror, it’s already inside of you and that you are loved, cared for and you should never doubt yourself.”
Sydney McGee and her mother, Meredith E. Greenwood, also a published author, look over a piece of writing completed during an interview with KPRC Channel 2 at Wilson Elementary School.
McGee’s inspiration comes from the books she enjoys reading from her school’s library and from her mother, Meredith E. Greenwood, who is also a published author.
McGee hopes to write and publish eleven more Sydney Sunshine books, each with a moral or value to teach and help encourage the reader. The next book, Sydney Sunshine and Her Summer at Aunt Janet’s Farm is set to be published by the end of April.