8-year-old turns life with annoying little brother into Amazon best-seller

Paperback grew out of first-grade writing assignment.

Maya A. Jones, The Undefeated | 3/22/2017, 10:56 a.m.
Paperback grew out of first-grade writing assignment.
"How to Deal with and Care for Your Annoying Little Brother" has become a bestseller on Amazon.

The following first appeared on ESPN's The Undefeated.

Little brothers can be a lot to handle.

They can be fussy, hardheaded, rambunctious and, well, downright annoying. But 8-year-old Nia Mya Reese has mastered caring for her kid brother, Ronald Michael, 5. Her book, How to Deal with and Care for Your Annoying Little Brother, has become a top 10 best-seller on Amazon, and the No. 1 on the site’s sibling relationships section.

The idea for the book came last year after students in Nia Mya’s first-grade class were assigned to write about something in which they were an expert. Nia Mya thought about the joys and woes that come with being a big sister. After reading the assignment, Reese’s mother, Cherinita Reese, encouraged her daughter to continue working on her story beyond the classroom.

“Work on your sentences,” Cherinita Reese said during an interview with CBS Evening News. “Work on the spelling, work on the way that it’s worded. And that will be your summer project.”

The book includes lessons of love, patience and care, based upon Nia Mya’s experiences while dealing with her little brother. According to AL.com, Nia Mya’s cousin, Faith Martin, was enlisted to sketch the illustrations. The book was published by Yorkshire Publishing on Nov. 30, 2016.

Since then, Nia Mya’s days have been filled with interviews, book signings and enjoying the success of her first project.

“It’s kind of surreal,” Cherinita Reese told AL.com. “I think the best way to explain it is, you know, you’re supposed to be walking on this path, and then it happens.”

Maya Jones is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a native New Orleanian who enjoys long walks down Frenchmen Street and romantic dates to Saints games.