Ivory Latta is now the author of a children's book, "Despite the Height," which describes how she overcame many obstacles on her way to becoming an elite athlete despite her diminutive size. Latta, now in her 11th season in the WNBA, stands 5'6" and is one of the smallest women to play for the WNBA. Latta says that she first got the idea to write her story in 2008 when the seed was planted by children's book author Charles R. Smith, whom she met when she was a special guest at the National Book Festival at the White House.
In an interview with Ava Wallace of the Washington Post, Latta said that the message of her book is that "you can be whatever you want to be. All my life, AAU, high school, right before I went to North Carolina, I had people saying you're too small to play in the ACC, you're gonna get crushed, they're gonna kill you." When she has visited schools and conducted basketball camps, Latta has talked with many kids who have been bullied for many reasons, and she hopes the book will inspire them to embrace what makes them different.