Children's Books That Educate, Entertain and Empower
Since 2018, authors Jamiyl and Tracy-Ann Samuels have spread awareness for supporting children with autism through their children's books. As the parents of a child on the autism spectrum, they have advocated on behalf of this community with respect to access to education and services, anti-bullying, interfamily communications and social dynamics. The Amazingly Sensational Kids (T.A.S.K.) book series, The Amazingly Awesome Amani and Sensationally Super Sandy, are inspired by their son Trey's courageous journey as an autistic child navigating the (sometimes harsh) realities of life through his vivid imagination. Suitable for toddlers up to age 12, T.A.S.K. seeks to educate and entertain through the creation of informed written content, film, music, public speaking, and other media platforms. Our T.A.S.K. is to use Transparency, Advocacy, Sensitivity, and Knowledge in all of our endeavors to bring forth Truth, Accountability, Service, and Kindness.
The T.A.S.K.Heroes Collection
The Amazing Adventures of Awesome Amani
This chapter book inspired “The Amazingly Awesome Amani” children’s book series. The book chronicles the fictional adventures of the pre-teen hero, as well as follows the real-life journey of “Mommy” and “Daddy” while they navigate through the discovery that their son has special needs. Even though Amani dreams about being a superhero when he falls asleep, he is a hero to his parents for the way he faces the challenges he encounters in his daily life.
Inspired by the life of Trey Amani Samuels, a boy on the Autism spectrum, “The Amazing Adventures of Awesome Amani” aims to spread awareness about learning and developmental disabilities and tolerance for kids who appear to be different. Follow Amani as he takes on bullies, saves animals, and battles his own emotions! This is a tale of PERSEVERANCE and the power of a great imagination.
For ages 10+, Buy on Amazon
The Amazingly Awesome Amani
Amani Taylor is a boy of few words until he falls asleep. When night falls, he becomes AWESOME AMANI crime-fighting superhero and defender of all that is good. The T.A.S.K. Heroes series presents the story of a boy who takes on life's challenges by day, but is a perfectly normal avenger in his dreams. This is a tale of PERSEVERANCE and the power of a great imagination.
For ages 4+, Buy on Amazon
The Amazingly Awesome Amani Takes on Jitters & Fear
It's the first day at a new school for Amani and he is a bundle of nerves. Not only is he meeting a new principal, new teacher, and new friends, he must deal with JITTERS and FEAR following him around everywhere he goes. Will Amani summon up the strength to conquer these ghastly emotions, or will they overcome him? The T.A.S.K. Heroes series presents the story of a boy who is faced with the challenge of adapting to a new environment and finding the courage to deal with his feelings head-on. This is a tale about CHANGE and how it affects the mind of an amazing boy.
For ages 4+, Buy on Amazon
The Sensationally Super Sandy
Sandy Taylor thinks her brother Amani is weird because he doesn't talk. After Mommy and Daddy explain why he doesn't speak, Sandy realizes how important it is to be kind to someone who appears to be different. When Sandy sees a girl at her school being bullied for being different from the other kids, she has a choice to make. Will she ignore it, or will she step in and save her? T.A.S.K. Heroes presents the story of a girl who learns to accept people as they are. This is a tale about UNDERSTANDING and a willingness to show compassion to others.
For ages 4+, Buy on Amazon
About Co-Author/Founder Jamiyl Samuels
Jamiyl Samuels has been a creative writer for over 25 years. From writing screenplays, poetry and song lyrics to contributing to entertainment magazines, blogs, and websites, Jamiyl always strives to make an impact with his work. He began his college career as a Theater major at Morgan State University in 1996, but ultimately graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in Media Arts, with a concentration in screenwriting from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. He is the co-founder of The Amazingly Sensational Kids, a children's media company that fosters growth, creativity, and education through content, as well as the founder of W.R.E.a.C. Havoc Enterprises. Jamiyl was born and raised in Brooklyn, and currently resides in Queens with his wife Tracy-Ann and two kids, Trey and Aja.
About Co-Author/Founder Tracy-Ann Samuels
Tracy-Ann Samuels began her college career in 1996, studying Psychology at Brooklyn College before transferring to Rutgers University Camden campus in 1998, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She received her Master's degree in Social Work from New York University. Her social work experience provides vital research and information as it pertains to material dealing with special needs children, families, and more. She is the co-founder and chief operating office of The Amazingly Sensational Kids and W.R.E.a.C. Havoc Enterprises. Tracy-Ann's ultimate goal is to raise awareness about Autism and other developmental disabilities, to assist at-risk children and their families, and ultimately make an impact in impoverished communities around the world. She is also an Ambassador for the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks. Tracy-Ann currently resides in Queens with her husband Jamiyl and two kids, Trey and Aja.
About Trey Amani Samuels
About Aja Emily Sandy Samuels
Trey Amani Samuels is the inspiration for “The Amazingly Awesome Amani” series of books that follows the adventures of a boy who takes on life’s challenges by day, but is a perfectly “normal” avenger in his dreams. He was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 5 and has since, with the help of Speech and Occupational Therapy, been able to communicate and thrive through his love for music.
Aja Emily Sandy Samuels is the younger sister of Trey Amani and the inspiration for “The Sensationally Super Sandy” book. Aja, an integral part of her brother’s journey to communicate, almost demanded he speak and wondered why he wouldn’t talk back to her. She loves to read and partake in hip-hop dance, ballet and play the violin in her spare time.