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DAY 20: KIMBERLY REID

Dossier: a file containing detailed records on a particular person or subject. —Merriam-Webster Dictionary Most blogs and individual websites contain a “bio” or an “about me” section.  On Kimberly Reid’s website, her personal information is listed under “Dossier.”  Let’s use that as our first clue of the kind of books Ms. Reid writes. According to [ Read the full article… ]

Day 19: Diane Browne

Diane Browne has written over 40 stories/books. She has been published by Ginn in the United Kingdom; Harcourt Brace and Friendship Press in the USA; Heinemann Caribbean, Carlong Publishers, Arawak Publications, and the Ministry of Education in Jamaica. She has been a visiting author for the Students’ Encounter Programme at the Miami Book Fair, and [ Read the full article… ]

Day 18: Christopher Myers

Christopher Myers is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. In 1998, Myers won a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in Harlem, written by Walter Dean Myers. The following year, he wrote and illustrated Black Cat, a book that received a Coretta Scott King Award (2000). In addition to writing and illustrating his own [ Read the full article… ]

DAY 17: Nikki Shannon Smith

Last summer, I visited the Little Golden Books exhibit at the Smithsonian. As I perused the historic titles, I had no idea I would meet Nikki Shannon Smith, a current Little Golden Books author. Her story is amazing. She’s a perfect picture of a “can-do-never-give-up” attitude. An attitude that resulted in The Little Christmas Elf. Please [ Read the full article… ]

Day 16: Kelli London

According to Kensington Publishing’s website, Kelli London has been writing since she was six years old. That’s not hard to believe, as she has been such a prolific writer for the company, penning seven YA novels since 2011 and co-authoring another. Her most recent title, Beware of Boys, was published last month and is the fourth [ Read the full article… ]

Day 15: Tiki and Ronde Barber

Although Tiki and Ronde Barber first came to fame through the hard-knocks life of NFL football, they’ve also become known for their books for young readers. The brothers collaborated on three picture books and are current working with author Paul Mantell on the Barber Game Time Books, a series of sports related books that mix [ Read the full article… ]

Day 14: Theodore Taylor III

Today we’re especially pleased to highlight artist Theodore Taylor, who was recently honored with a Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe New Talent Award. He won the award for the book he illustrated, When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop, written by Laban Carrick Hill, and published by Roaring Brook [ Read the full article… ]

Day 13: Daniel Beaty

Daniel Beaty has phenomenal acting, singing, composing, and writing skills and he has the awards and honors to prove it. One of his solo plays, Emergence-See!, had an off-Broadway sold-out extended run in 2006. In 2008, the play retitled Emergency sold-out a seven-week engagement in Los Angeles and was awarded two 2009 NAACP Theater Awards [ Read the full article… ]