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‘There’s no place like home’ could not be truer for author, Jaime Reed. After studying art at Virginia Commonwealth, and living three soul-searching years in New York City, Jaime returned to the place where she spent her childhood in Virginia, and rekindled her love for writing.  Now, as the amazing author of the series, The [ Read the full article… ]

Day 27: Becky Birtha

Becky Birtha has written two picture books for children–two historical, culturally rich, family-inspired picture books that would be valuable additions to any classroom or personal library. As this year’s campaign approaches its end, we are happy to include the work of this talented picture book author. Presenting the captivating words of Day 27’s honoree, we [ Read the full article… ]

Day 26: Chudney Ross

Business Owner. TV Host. Model. Chudney Ross has many amazing accomplishments. But she reveals on Social Butterfly that her proudest one is getting her book deal. Chudney, the youngest daughter of Diana Ross, made her kidlit debut last year with middle-grade novel,  Lone Bean. HarperCollins calls it: “. . . an entertaining read about spunky Bean Gibson [ Read the full article… ]

DAY 25: Willie Perdomo

Willie may have been in the right place at the right time, but without his brilliant talent to accompany his imaginative ideas, we wouldn’t have the pleasure of reading his work. We are proud to celebrate Willie Perdomo on Day 25! The Journey The path to publishing children’s lit was without a doubt a matter [ Read the full article… ]


Combining her talents as an editor, journalist, and photographer, Linda Tarrant-Reid created one of the most powerful compilations of African American History with Discovering Black America.  Her experience includes being managing editor of The Million Man March, contributor and researcher of The Family of Black America, co-editor of Black Star Power: BET Celebrating 20 years [ Read the full article… ]

Day 23: Angela Shelf Medearis

Look up the word “prolific” and there has to be a photo of a bright-smiling, Texas-dwelling diva named Angela Shelf-Medearis! Born in Virginia, Medearis called various places home at various times in her childhood, thanks to life with a father who was a recruiter for the Air Force. She settled in Austin, Texas at age [ Read the full article… ]

Day 22: Daniel Minter

Artist-illustrator Daniel Minter comes to us hot off the heels of winning a 2013 Coretta Scott King honor for his illustrations in the book Ellen’s Broom, written by Kelly Starling Lyons. Minter has mastered both fine and commercial art. He creates his art using canvas, wood, metal, paper . . . the list goes on . . [ Read the full article… ]