For most Greeks, loukoumi is a greek chewy candy much like Turkish delight, but award-winning Greek-American author Nick Katsoris has given a whole new light to Loukoumi thanks to his popular Loukoumi children’s book series. The success of the books has spurred on TV series that is set to premiere on Fox on October 8 titled “Make a Difference with Loukoumi”.
His series of books have already enjoyed rave reviews and include audio CDs with many successful stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Olympia Dukakis, Nia Vardalos and many more who applaud the wholesome messages of an innocent lamb. The books outline the adventures of Loukoumi who deals with everything from bullying to nutrition.
In his “Loukoumi Celebrity Cookbook” he managed to collect favorite childhood recipes from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Eli Manning, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and the list goes on.
Prior to the premiere of the TV series this coming week, there was a Loukoumi and Friends Concert held at New York City’s Scholastic Theater on June 23 that included performances by Olympia Dukakis, Gloria Gaynor, Constantine Maroulis, Greece’s own Anna Vissi and Kalomiri and many more. The proceeds of the concert went to the Loukoumi Make a Difference Foundation that Katsoris created. The aim of the charity is “to teach kids to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.”
The series of books are geared towards encouraging kids to become better people, to believe in themselves, set goals and become self-actualized.
In the spirit of the books, $2 of each sale benefits charities.
Who is Nick Katsoris?
In an interview in the Hellenic News of America, he said:
I am a second generation Greek-American. It was very important for us to grow up as Greek-Americans. I speak Greek and grew up with a lot of the Greek customs and Greek dancing and I enjoy celebrating the holidays with all the Greek traditions. I’ve been to Greece about eight or nine times. I have two young children with my wife and we instill the Greek culture and traditions with them as well. My daughter is two, and my son is six and he’s learning how to speak Greek. We took both of our kids to Greece this past summer. Continuing our Greek traditions and values is a very important part of our lives.
I am an attorney by day. I graduated from Fordham University and Fordham Law School. I am the General Counsel of the Red Apple Group in New York, but I’ve always had a passion for writing, and that’s why I do these children’s books for charities.