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Shika The Author

About the Author

Shika Gaines is a loving educator who was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She moved to Arizona when she was fifteen years old. She was greatly excited by her move, but she experienced a culture shock. She learned to appreciate diversity; all while learning to love her uniqueness. She used her real-life experiences and imagination to write her freshman children's book, "Janyra's First Day!"

Shika studied Education at Estrella Mountain Community College. Later, She completed her Bachelors of Arts Degree at Ottawa Universty. 

She is now a stay-at-home mom to her beautiful daughter Zion Renee. She Wrote "Janyra's First Day," when she carried sweet baby Zion in her womb. 

She hopes that Janyra's courage will motivate children all over the world to make others honor his or her unique names.