Little Netta's Gift


Based on a true story about a caring and beautiful little girl named Jeannetta Lacole Robinson (Little Netta) and her remarkable act of kindness, Little Netta’s Gift is an inspiring story about the spirit of giving.  Little Netta’s birthday is two days after Christmas, and at her sixth birthday party she showed tremendous compassion for others by giving her gifts to children attending her party after learning they did not receive Christmas gifts. This rhythmic read-aloud is sure to stir the souls of children, families, and friends everywhere.

While not referenced in the book, Jeannetta Robinson was tragically murdered at the age 9 (along with her mom, Cheryl Robinson, at 25). The Little Netta character in the story embodies Jeannetta’s spirit; the book serves as a tribute to her and her gift of love.

A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be used to support the Lil’ Jeannetta Robinson Gifts of Love program, which provides gifts to children in low-income communities in an effort to ensure every child experiences the joy of the holiday season.

The book and program were created to in honor and memory of Lil' Jeannetta.

Sample Interior Spreads

The Little Netta's Gift team

Written by Mike Brown
Illustrations by Selim Nurudeen
Story Consultant: Charles L. Walton
Art direction and design by Christine Vanderbeek
Editing by Cara Krenn