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Day 28: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

He’s far more awesome than I realized. When I went to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s website to get a little background info on him for this post, I discovered a man that has contributed more to our society than I believe most people are aware of. While I don’t have the space to recount all of his accomplishments [ Read the full article… ]

Day 27: John Steptoe

In his twenty-year career, Mr. Steptoe illustrated sixteen picture books, twelve of which he also wrote. The American Library Association named two of his books Caldecott Honor Books, a prestigious award for children’s book illustration: THE STORY OF JUMPING MOUSE in 1985 and MUFARO’S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS in 1988. Mr. Steptoe twice received the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, [ Read the full article… ]

Day 26 Brandy Colbert

  Pointe may be Brandy’s first published novel, but it is not her first attempt at writing. She is a magazine journalist. Add that to her tap and jazz dance training and you have the perfect person to write about ballet. Her life story is riveting and so is Pointe. After learning about Brandy, you will [ Read the full article… ]

Day 25: Georgia McBride

Georgia McBride is founder of Georgia McBride Media Group, home of Month9Books, Swoon Romance, and Tantrum Books. She develops content for film and TV, and is also a speculative fiction writer. Georgia founded the #YAlitchat hashtag and weekly chat on Twitter in 2009. Georgia is one of Publishers Marketplace’s most prolific publishers and has spent [ Read the full article… ]

DAY 24: JUSTINA IRELAND

  What is a purveyor of awesomeness? If you saw one walking down the street would you know? Let me help you out. Just look at the picture to the left. When you write novels about butt-kicking females with a Greek mythology backdrop, you can put “Purveyor of Awesomeness” on your website next to your [ Read the full article… ]

Day 23: Jerry Craft

By Jerry Craft I published my first book back in 1997. Since then I have written and / or illustrated more than a dozen others. I think the reason why I’ve dedicated my life to get kids to read is because I went through most of my life not enjoying reading whatsoever.  In fact, whoever [ Read the full article… ]

Day 22: Lucille Clifton

“Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language” – Lucille Clifton Every year, people create lists of classic children’s titles. A celebrated poet who wrote more than 20 books for kids, Lucille Clifton’s work should be included. Her eight book Everett Anderson picture book series broke ground for its portrayal of an African-American boy in the city whose experiences ranged [ Read the full article… ]

DAY 21: K’NAAN

When I get older, I will be stronger, They’ll call me freedom, just like a Waving Flag… Born to a throne, stronger than Rome But violent prone, poor people zone, But it’s my home, all I have known, Where I got grown, streets we would roam. But out of the darkness, I came the farthest, [ Read the full article… ]