Big Head Books
Ty Allan Jackson is an award-winning children’s book author, literacy advocate, publisher and captivating motivational speaker. He is the founder of Big Head Books, LLC, a literacy organization that aims to introduce children to the joys of reading. Ty travels to schools, youth organizations and various professional settings nationwide inspiring children and educating adults about the impacts of illiteracy. A two time TedX presenter, Ty believes that literacy is the foundation for a successful life and promotes it with humor and enthusiasm.
His work as an author and literacy advocate earned Ty the Massachusetts inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Content of Character Award, as well as citations from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Senator Downing, and the House of Representatives. Ty's empowering books have been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, The Steve Harvey Show, PBS and countless media outlets. One of Ty's proudest moments came in 2011 when his books were gifted to former First Lady Michelle Obama by his hometown Mayor.
Ty’s first self-published book, Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire: The Lemonade Escapade, is a fun and empowering story that teaches children about the value of saving, investing and entrepreneurship. It was adapted into a play and was also lauded by the largest African-American operated bank in the United States as a useful tool to teach inner city youth about finances. In response to the success of this book among children and educators, Ty co-founded an empowering financial literacy program called Danny Dollar Academy, which includes a four-week long financial curriculum for 3rd-5th graders. Ty also co-founded the Read Or Else movement, a program created to shine a light on illiteracy and how it impacts our country. With each purchase of a Read Or Else garment, a book is sent to a child in a homeless shelter.
A Bronx, NY native, Ty now lives in Pittsfield, MA with his three children. He continues to write entertaining stories featuring relatable characters for children around the world.