The News-Star

Kimberly Monroe has written her first book, entitled “Homecoming in Tiger Land,” to give back to her alma mater and highlight the importance of reading as a child.

“It’s a work in progress, but I have stayed persistent and positive,” Monroe said.” I’ve always wanted to write a book but I didn’t know my first one would be for children.”

The 2015 graduate of Grambling State University and the former editor-in-chief of the Gramblinite newspaper has always had a passion for writing and storytelling. She felt as an alumnae that creating the children’s book was the most creative way she could give back to an institution that has taught her so much.

The purpose of the book is to expose and encourage children to learn more about college at a young age. The Lake Charles native also wanted to share the amazing history of GSU, in the hopes children will choose the university when it is time to choose a college.

“There are many facets of our university that will never change and homecoming is one of them,” she said.” We have so much history that it often gets overlooked and I wanted to combine the past and the present so that all Gramblinites can get a better appreciation for GSU.”

The writer said that her ideas originated from being mindful of what GSU alumni hold dear to their hearts.

The children’s book is about a little boy named “Charlie P.” who is attending his first Grambling homecoming with his parents. He and his family journey around Grambling’s campus before the big game, and he learns about the rich history of the university.

It also mentions some of GSU’s homecoming favorites, including the homecoming parade, Miss Grambling and her royal court, the Eddie G. Robinson Museum, the G-Men football team, tailgating, the World Famed Tiger Marching Band and the beautiful cheerleaders and Orchesis dancers. read more