13-year-old entrepreneur blogger and animator from Canton debuts 2nd book

12/26/2013, 3:39 p.m.

Maya Shea Penn became the CEO of her own business in 2008 when she was 8 years old.

Maya Shea Penn became the CEO of her own business in 2008 when she was 8 years old.

What were you doing at 13?

Maya Shea Penn, 13, has just authored and animated her latest book "Lucy and Sammy Save the Environment."

Furthermore, the Canton teen resident became the CEO of her own business, "Maya's World," in 2008 when she was just 8 years old. On top of that, part of the business' profit goes to charities locally and internationally.

“My parents taught me at an early age about giving back and being a good steward to the environment, and I always want to tie that back in to everything I do,” said Penn of Cherokee County “When I started my business, I wanted to make all my items eco-friendly, like use organic materials and also donate 10 to 20 percent of the profits to charities.”

Her business began when she started designing clothing and accessories, which she sells in an online store, and grew to include her books. She also manages her own nonprofit organization, “Maya’s Ideas 4 The Planet.”

Penn's parents homeschooled her, incorporating their family values into the curriculum.

“I’m a really proud dad. She’s become her own person,” Penn's dad said. “From an early age, I think Maya was on a path to this kind of success."

This young entrepreneur/philanthropist/designer/artist/animator/illustrator and writer just published her second children's book, which highlights environmental responsibility.

“Two characters named Lucy and Sammy go on an adventure to stop this pollution monster who is polluting the city, and they explain why it’s important to recycle and different things like that,” Penn said. “It’s a fun book for everybody.”

The 20-page book, “Lucy and Sammy Save the Environment,” was funded in part by a grant Penn received from The Pollination Project.

Her complete story can be read at The Marietta Daily Journal.

Penn’s books, clothing, accessories, blog, biography, TEDWomen video, information on her nonprofit and online store can be found at her website, MayasIdeas.com.