• Wed. May 31st, 2023

Spelling champion Zaila Avant-garde shares her life and advice in new book


Zaila Avant-garde made history as the first African American winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2021. Now 16, she’s also a two-time Guinness World Record holder, and author of the new book for young readers, “It’s Not Bragging if it’s True: How to be Awesome at Life.” 

Kids will be inspired to embrace their inner weirdness and persevere through obstacles after reading this empowering collection of true stories from teenage Scripps National Spelling Bee champ and Guinness World Record holder Zaila Avant-garde, now 16. The book includes 8 pages of never-before-seen photos.

After Zaila Avant-garde became the first African American student to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2021, she turned into an overnight sensation. People wanted to know who she was and how she’d achieved so much while so young. 

In this nonfiction book, Zaila shares the personal anecdotes that have shaped her life and extends advice to readers on living authentically. While Zaila is an exceptional and inspiring young woman, she has fears and anxieties just like everyone else; what makes her remarkable is the way she chooses to move through the obstacles in front of her.

Zaila shares about her family, her accomplishments, her experience of being homeschooled, and so much more in order to motivate and uplift other kids who have small-, medium-, and even big-sized dreams.

Her book can be purchased online or at most bookstores.