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Day 27: Elizabeth Zunon

Elizabeth Zunon was born in Albany, NY and grew up in the Ivory Coast in West Africa (Cote d’Ivoire). Her artwork reflects the people, places, and things from the cultures of her childhood. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Elizabeth has illustrated four picture books for children with several more on the horizon. [ Read the full article… ]

Day 26: Alice Faye Duncan

Alice Faye Duncan is a National Board Certified Library Media Specialist with 19 years of school librarian experience. Surrounded by stacks and shelves of books, writing for children seemed like the next logical step in her career. And she certainly knows how to capture the attention of her readers. The award winning Memphis, TN native [ Read the full article… ]

Day 25: Malorie Blackman

Award-winning author Malorie Blackman seems to have done it all and won it all — she’s the recipient of the FCBG Children’s Book Award, Fantastic Fiction Award, Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year, Sheffield Children’s Book of the Year — and those are just some of the awards she’s won for her groundbreaking NOUGHTS & [ Read the full article… ]

Day 24: Sofia Quintero

A writer. An activist. An educator. A comedienne. The author of works of contemporary fiction like THE MORE THINGS CHANGE and DIVAS DON’T YIELD is also known to readers as “Black Artemis”, the author of several novels of “Feminist Hip-Hop Noir”, including PICTURE ME ROLLIN’. This self-proclaimed “Ivy-League homegirl” graduated from Columbia University with a [ Read the full article… ]

Day 23: Teresa E. Harris

Teresa E. Harris counts Katherine Paterson, Mildred Taylor, R.L. Stine and Judy Blume among her best loved children’s book authors.  Now, she’s creating books destined to become favorites herself. With pointy high heels, a blazer and loads of sass, her elementary school character Summer Jackson struts out of the pages and into our hearts. In this interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith, Harris says that [ Read the full article… ]

Day 22: Sharon Robinson

If Sharon Robinson hasn’t done it all, she’s certainly made sizable progress. Robinson began with a 20-year career as a nurse midwife and educator, teaching at universities such as Howard, Yale, Columbia, and Georgetown. She directed the PUSH for Excellence program, founded by Jesse Jackson, from 1985 to 1990. She worked as a fund-raiser for [ Read the full article… ]

Day 21: Nikki Carter

If you haven’t heard of Nikki Carter, this is your lucky day! With novels ranging from adult fiction to young adult drama, she’s proven her writing skills are top notch and we are thrilled to spotlight her during our 28 Days Program. Becoming Nikki Carter: The Journey When I started my writing journey, Nikki Carter [ Read the full article… ]

Day 20: Traci Dant

Traci Dant describes herself as both a fiction writer and a poet. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, and published in literary journals such as PoemMemoirStory and Crab Orchard Review. Her first picture book, Some Kind of Love, was published in April 2010 by Marshall Cavendish. Dant, who earned [ Read the full article… ]