MEET NINA SAPORTA, AUTHOR OF SUNSHINE ELEMENTARY
Nina is a mother of three from New Jersey who somehow manages to push through the chaos of life to do cool things in five minute increments—like write books! She has an intense passion for experiencing life and getting things done (except for laundry). Weaving together lessons learned in parenting, stories from her children, and her own life experiences, Nina tells the story that she wishes she had heard as a child.
While Sunshine Elementary is Nina’s first book written to share with the world, she has been writing—and dreaming about publishing—since she herself was a kid. With punk rock roots, a kind heart, and progressive soul, Nina hopes to fill a gap with this influential, heart-warming series.
IF YOU CAN’T FIND IT, CREATE IT.
When Nina's oldest child started reading independently, she was floored by how negatively many of the chapter books portrayed kids. She believes whole-heartedly that children are intrinsically kind, loving and capable, and that they grow in the direction that we view them. Nina feared that these books were planting a seed for kids to normalize lying, bullying, being unkind to one another and dreading school. She felt that if kids could instead read about characters who were confident, capable, and respectful, these positive examples would empower them to handle situations with kindness and problem solving skills. Because it's in Nina's nature to do so, she simply decided to bring this desire for a book series to life herself. Much of the inspiration for Sunshine Elementary comes from her own amazing children and the community within their beautiful Montessori school, where kindness is a cornerstone of the curriculum.
BEFORE ADDING ‘AUTHOR’ TO THE LIST
Prior to starting the Sunshine Elementary book series, Nina traveled to all seven continents on a solo journey, played bass in a band for 10+ years, rode a motorcycle, programmed websites, created & taught an 'Unplugged' Computer Science curriculum for children, and started a Literacy and Enrichment program for resettled refugee families in New Jersey. This 'joyous hodgepodge of adventures' reflects Nina's abundant zest for life and drive to experience all that this beautiful world has to offer, while enriching the lives of those around her.