Children’s Book Drive

We’re hosting a children’s book drive February 19, through March 3.

My goal is to raise at least 1,000 gently used, or like new children’s books of all genres. The books will be used to start a free library, with plans to have little free libraries at several locations throughout Pine Bluff.

For convenience, donation boxes will be at the following locations in Pine Bluff for easy drop-offs:

About three years ago, I shared my vision to start a bookmobile with Stephen Bronskill, a co-founder of What’s Next Pine Bluff. I explained that growing up, a bookmobile made frequent visits to our neighborhood school for kids to check out books.

I’ve always liked the bookmobile concept, but instead I would like to give the books away. Bronskill thought it was a great idea, and suggested I look into starting a little free library.

The idea of a free library is “give a book to get a book. I understand that not all children have a book to give. So first things first, I plan to give away books at a pop-up event March 31 hosted by Mt. Harmony MB Church. There will be other events afterward where children can exchange their books for another.

Since Bronskill shared free libraries with me, I’ve researched, collected information and even dreamt about book drives and free libraries. 2018 is the year I will make it happen.

Eventually, little free libraries will be in locations around Pine Bluff where children won’t have to wait for a pop-up event to get a new book.

Research, shared by Children’s Access to Print Material and Education-Related Outcomes, found that children with greater access to books and other print materials express more enjoyment of books, reading, and academics.

I want to share the joy of reading with children of Pine Bluff, while encouraging them to become lifelong readers.

The book drive is a family affair. We’ve also partnered with A-Plus Outreach Scholarship founded by my daughter Ajia and Ashley Gragg, as well as Mt. Harmony M. B. Church.


Bear Bait Trail Mix

What’s the perfect snack to munch on while reading ‘Going On a Bear Hunt,’ or actually going, on a bear hunt? Black Bear Bait Trail Mix of course!

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to make and is an ideal way to get little hands involved.

Black Bear Bait Trail Mix Recipe

  • 1 cup Honey Nut Cheerios
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts (optional)
  • 1 cup Gold Fish pretzels (or preferred flavor)
  • 1 cup  mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup jelly beans
  • 1 cup graham cereal (not shown in picture)


  1. Allow little helpers to measure out one cup of each item pouring it into a large bowl, and mix well.
  2. Add additional helpings of child’s favorites. Leave out the things they don’t like, or even add other snacks to make it your own.
  3. Separate into snack bags or cute containers for gifting.

What’s your child’s favorite snack to munch while reading?

Follow LaRich Media on Facebook, and Instagram @LaRichMediaGroup and share your Black Bear Bait Trail Mix.

Meet Aiden and Austin

Aiden and Austin are two fun-loving boys, who like to do what other little boys their ages like to do. It just so happens they have inspired a children’s book. And how cool is that???

It was the first Saturday in August, during our annual family reunion in 2016, this duo sparked my imaginative. Their adventure of bear hunting with their uncle intrigued me, but it was Aiden’s declaration that “Boys who hunt bear, don’t need shoes,” that got the wheels churning.

I had not written a children’s story in a while, years to be exact, and had been longing to get back to it. This was just what I needed.

Recently, their mom told me about spirit week at their school. For ‘Dress as your favorite book character day,’ Aiden went as Austin, and Austin as Aiden from ‘Going On a Bear Hunt.’ That really tickled me.

These two even had their very own book signing with their friends and family. That way cool.

More about Aiden & Austin

Favorite Food:
Aiden: Fettuccine
Austin: Tacos

Favorite Color:
Aiden: Green
Austin: Blue

Favorite Thing To Do:
Aiden: Play with airplanes
Austin: Ride his scooter

Now that you’ve met Aiden and Austin, the only thing left to do is click through to Amazon and purchase your copy of ‘Going On a Bear Hunt‘ today. Happy reading.

A Recap and Forecast

In July, ‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ and I hit the road for a Summer Tour. I read at several Girls and Boys Clubs, book stores, libraries, and summer programs.

I had the opportunity to read my book, answer tons of questions, take pictures, sign copies, and laughed a lot! Meeting and sharing with young people was the icing on the cake. One handsome little boy told me I was his favorite author. That lead to everyone else in the group repeating the same sentiment. And I enjoyed every minute.

Check out the pictures from the tour on LaRich Media’s Facebook page.

What’s Next

Now that summer is over, I’m preparing for upcoming school visits.  I’m looking forward to taking ‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ into classrooms and sharing this adventure. A few events and book signings are also in the works. I’ll be sure to share.

This summer I completed the story for my next book. Soon my illustrator and I will get to work! I am looking forward to sharing more about this project in the near future. My grandson sparked the inspiration for this next book.

Here’s to bear hunts and great adventures!






Summer Book Tour

We are super excited to announce the ‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ Summer Tour in Arkansas!

During the July and August, we’re hitting the road reading, and sharing ‘Going On a Bear Hunt,’ with stops at Boys & Girls Clubs, public libraries, and bookstores. LaTonya is excited to connect with young readers and of course, there will be opportunities to purchase signed copies of her book. There are still dates open for July, and August is booking up fast.

There are still dates open for July, and August is booking up fast. Get in touch, if you’d like her to make a stop near you, in person, or virtually!



GOABH Activity Kit

Going On A Bear Hunt Activity Kit

We are so excited to share our brand new ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’ Activity Kit. It’s packed with engaging ideas, adventures, activities, and discussion questions designed to bring this picture book to life.

Any time is a good time to enjoy a great adventure.

This kit is a great tool

  • For teachers to teach Going On A Bear Hunt
  • Parents to provide enrichment
  • Hours of fun for children


Going On A Bear Hunt – FB Live

May 1-7, is Children’s Book Week. In celebration, I will read my brand new children’s picture book ‘Going On a Bear Hunt,’ on Facebook live.

Catch me May 2, at 6:30 p.m. CST on LaRich Media’s Facebook page. I will read, and answer any questions. There are a few more things up my sleeve for the week and will share them right here on Tuesday.

How will you celebrate Children’s Book Week?

Going On A Bear Hunt Released

What does a fishing pole, bee keepers hat, a butterfly net, along with a jar of jelly beans, aka Louisiana black bear bait have in common?

It is the making of a great adventure!

After being inspired by young cousins, LaTonya Richardson wrote

‘Going On a Bear Hunt,’ was released February 28. A children’s picture book about the adventure of two city boys who find themselves bored in Lockhart, Louisiana. Uncle Eddie Ray takes Aiden and Austin on a bear hunt they will never forget.

“I love this story; the uncle is so clever that the boys don’t realize the trick he’s pulled on them! This fun adventure will appeal to boys, uncles, and any who’ve ever wanted to go on a bear hunt.” Pam Margolis, the Unconventional Librarian.

‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ was illustrated by a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff sophomore and art major, Matthew Fields.

When making plans for the project, Richardson, a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff instructor, and alumni knew she wanted to use a UAPB student.

“I asked Danny Campbell, chairperson of the Art Department about a student, and without hesitation said he had the perfect person. On Campbell’s word, and after seeing only one sample of Fields’ work we met. He brought my story and vision to life. I am more than pleased.”

‘G0ing On a Bear Hunt,’ is available online at,, and wherever books are sold. For more information, author visits, or book signings in your neck of the woods email