What people are saying about Could It Be A Monster In The Attic?

converse-public-library-2Inspired to share her imagination and creative spirit through short stories as early as the third grade, LaTanya Ward-Showers got her writing start early.  Check out her first blog on “How I Became


  • “My oldest son enjoyed reading this book to his younger sister and brother. The youngest ones were just as interested, great book to let kids know who are afraid of the dark that they are not alone and they can overcome it.”
  • “I enjoyed the book. What made it even better was that my kids just loved it. Having a 10, 7, and 3 year old, it is kind of hard finding a book that they all like, but they all enjoyed this book so very much. The story was great from start to finish and left the kids wanting more after every page. The illustrations were great and it gave the kids something to relate to. Hopefully there will be many more books to come.”
  • “Could it be....... a fantastic book? An emphatic yes! I loved this book from beginning to end. Not only are the illustrations vibrant..... the story is as well. Children reading this book will be drawn in; little Isaiah has the quality ALL of our kids share - curiosity! I actually found myself wondering what was in the attic too. It is always refreshing to read a children's book that focuses on family dynamics as well. I loved that Mother, Father, and little Isaiah were all part of the story . I'd like to add that this is a great read for any family, but children of color will be especially happy to see characters that look like them! I purchased this book for my son and 3 nephews; I am looking forward to Mrs. Ward- Showers' next endeavor.”
  • “This is a great ANYTIME storybook, but especially fitting for bedtime! Could It Be a Monster In The Attic? is a classic bedtime story that addresses the ageless issue of things that go bump in the night. The main character approaches this problem with courage and confidence instead of fear. I think this is a great way to tell a classic boogey man type tale with a fresh new outlook. It helps build courage and confidence as your own children work through similar night time related issues. Cute, easy to share/show illustrations, and just enough content without the story dragging on. Easy reader, so your young ones can jump right in and read the story themselves. Glad to see a book with Afr. Amer. characters, as it isn't always easy finding enough books to fill that void. Definitely pick this up, you won't be disappointed!!”

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Why the name Layla? The name is derived from Egyptian/Arabic origins and refers to dark beauty. Dark beauty is best suited for Layla because she is a beautiful young African-American girl.

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How I Became

When people first find out I’m an author, the first thing they want to know is how I got started.  I think they expect a story about formal writing classes/education and many years of planning, but honestly my story is very simple.  My parent’s attitude about education, striving for what you want, and never giving up played a huge role in my take charge journey.  My mom and dad were my very first teachers and along the way I had some pretty awesome school teachers.  Particularly, my third grade teacher Mrs. Mitchell really inspired me with her positive attitude about writing and being creative.  So when people ask when I start writing stories I enjoy telling them as early as the third grade!

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