LaNiyah Bailey WOI Aug '11 Tour

LaNiyah Bailey is a 6‐year‐old author with a message for children like her – just because you are bigger than other kid, that doesn’t mean that people have the right to bully you.





In her debut book, Not FAT Because I Wanna Be, LaNiyah details the struggle of Jessica, a fictional girl who has an underlying medical issue that causes her to gain weight. Bullied by her peers, Jessica learns to accept her body and eventually opens up about her condition to her classmates.




LaNiyah is not only speaking to other children through her book, but has become an


advocate for anti‐bullying organizations.




With a message that words can hurt and that not all weight gain is due to an unhealthy lifestyle, LaNiyah hopes her book will enlighten and entertain her young readers.



I just wish this book can help other kids like me...and I wish it can help people see that [even though] you might be big that you are not unhealthy or… a monster like people may make you feel.”


Not Fat Because I Wanna Be

Written by: LaNiyah Bailey 

Publisher: Createspace/Bright Girl Publishing, Inc

ISBN Number: 978-1461006763

Publication Date: March 2011

Genre of Book: Children’s Picture Book




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Six year old LaNiyah Bailey has a message for bullies and teasers alike: "Just because I look different doesn't mean that I'm not human or I am a monster like people make me feel. I'm just like you, a beautiful human being."


“Sometimes, I would not tell mom and dad how bad it really was. I’d go home and cry, cry, cry." ~from Not FAT Because I Wanna Be

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Places where available for sale: Author’s official web-site,, Barnes&,, and Author’s Den.






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Picking up where the First Lady left off, young author raises awareness

about medical causes of childhood obesity.


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