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Nobody Knows My Name
By Elizabeth “Betty” Johnson
When Michael was born, everyone in his family gave him a nickname; “Dude,” “Shorty Fats,” “Precious,” “Sunny,” and many more. It wasn’t until Michael started kindergarten, and his teacher called him by his “real” name. He was so excited to tell his mom, “Somebody knows my name.”
Mom explains to Michael, “I know your name. I call you Sunny because you are special to me, and that’s my nickname just for you. Everybody knows your name.” Mom also gives Michael history on some very famous people who have nicknames, but everybody knows their “real’ name.
The author wants parents to know it’s great to give your children nicknames, but please make sure they know their “real” names.
About the Author
The idea for Nobody Knows My Name came when Elizabeth “Betty” Johnson, a first-time author’s grandson, Michael, was born 15 years ago. Everyone in the family had a nickname for him. Johnson thought it would make a fun children’s book, and the idea stayed on her mind. Ten years ago, she wrote a draft, had a cousin draw some pictures, and the manuscript remained in draft form until this year, 2019.
Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She is a widow with two daughters, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. Johnson has been retired form more than twenty years and resides in Southern California.