Dr. Samuel Johnson Jr., Children's Book Author

The We Belong Bunch: Pookie J.'s School Day

Children's book author introduces characters that come from different places, cultures, and religious backgrounds, but they embrace each other's differences and they love to learn!

Dr. Samuel R. Johnson Jr., a school administrator in Columbus, Ohio is married to Angela Johnson co-author of The We Belong Bunch. As an educator for 16 years, Dr. Johnson has served as an educator in Dayton, Ohio, Washington D.C., and Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Johnson earned a B.A. degree from the Ohio State University, an M.Ed. from Wright State University, and an Ed.D. from Howard University. Dr. Johnson believes that it is necessary to create an environment of care, love, and empathy in our communities so children may reach their full potential in society.

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book:

Our differences make us unique; they do not make us outsiders.

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:

I have researched the subject of "Belongingness." In addition, I have written and completed a dissertation concerning belongingness as it is related to student achievement.



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Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

I speak with students concerning being different, accepting differences, and learning from each other to make communities a better place. I read the book The We Belong Bunch: Pookie J.'s School Day to students. In addition, I also sing the theme song "You're My Friend" to the students. I also play the digital recording of "You're My Friend."

Presentation Audience:

Grades K-3

Grades 4-6


Less than 5 appearances



Willing to travel

Book Type:

Picture Book



Character Education


Community Issues — African-American

Community Issues — Hispanic

Coming this Friday February 2nd the debut single from The We Belong Bunch, "You're My Friend" will be released on iTunes, AmazonMP3 and Google Play. This is a powerful message song that serves as the introduction to the soon to be released picture children's book, " The We Belong Bunch: Pookie J.'s School Day."