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Day 17: E.B. Lewis

E.B. Lewis is the award-winning illustrator of more than fifty books for children, a few of which include Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys, (Simon & Schuster, 1999); Talkin’ about Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, (Orchard, 2002); Coming on Home Soon, (Putnam, 2004); The Negro Speaks of Rivers, (Hyperion, 2009). In 2003, [ Read the full article… ]

Day 16: Kevin Lewis

Parents know the name Kevin Lewis and storytime go together. His debut picture book, Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo (Hyperion), has 121 — that’s not a typo –five-star reviews on Amazon.com.  Reading just a few you feel the special connection people have with his story: “This was my son’s favorite book, and one that I never tire of reading.” “My [ Read the full article… ]

Day 14: Ernest Hill

One day, we’ll probably actually get rid of the terms “boy” book, “black” book and other such tags that dictates who the reader should be. But until then, so that everyone is speaking the same language and so that gatekeepers get an idea of who the lowest hanging fruit audience is for a novel – [ Read the full article… ]

Day 13: ReShonda Tate Billingsley

While maybe readers know the award-winning ReShonda Tate Billingsley for her mainstream fiction for adults, she is also the author of the teen inspirational fiction series, “Good Girlz.” The first book in the series, Nothing But Drama (Simon and Schuster/Pocket, 2006) focuses on the friendship between four girls— Camille, Angel, Jasmine, and Alexis—that meet in [ Read the full article… ]

Day 12: Torrey Maldonado

Coe Booth called Torrey Maldonado’s debut novel, Secret Saturdays (G.P. Putnam’s Sons), “a story you won’t forget.” E.R. Frank said it “ought to be required reading at middle schools everywhere.” Rita Williams-Garcia said it’s “playground tough with a sweet center.” Intrigued? Well, here’s more. Maldonado, a veteran New York City public school teacher, says writing helped save him as [ Read the full article… ]