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Day 10: Laura Pegram

Humble, loving and sincere, Laura Pegram believes in celebrating children’s book creators of color and Native creators but shies from shining the spotlight on herself. We’re delighted to turn the table and share some of her many accomplishments. Whether crooning jazz, painting murals, teaching or writing her own stories, Laura’s talent dazzles and glows. She [ Read the full article… ]

Day 9: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Tatyana is a celebrated street artist and now the debut illustrator of the picture book biography, Libba – The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotton. Based on the story written by musician Laura Veirs, Tatyana masterfully evokes the times and musical talent of Libba. As a young girl, Libba wrote one of her most popular [ Read the full article… ]

Day 8 – Dana L. Davis

There are many paths to writing for children. Still, some might be wondering how today’s spotlight author traveled away from the glitz and glitter of Hollywood to the trenches of kidlit. Her journey speaks to the power of the pen and how passion for representation burns in all of us. Excited to highlight Dana L. [ Read the full article… ]

Day 7: Kosoko Jackson

I first met Kosoko (pronounced: Koh-So-Koh) at BEA a year ago. His debut was yet to come, but there was already so much buzz around him from YA writers I knew. A PLACE FOR WOLVES has been highly anticipated with good reason. I for one can’t wait to read a historical novel that features a [ Read the full article… ]

Day 6: Karen Strong

Born and raised in the rural South, Karen Strong spent most of her childhood wandering the woods, meadows, and gardens of her grandmother’s land. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she is an advocate of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and worked in the software development industry for several years as a systems [ Read the full article… ]

Day 5: Breanna J. McDaniel

  I had a delightful telephone conversation with Breanna about her career. She has a warm personality, someone you could talk to for hours. Read on and you’ll be equally impressed. The reviewers were! The Journey My path to publishing was a bit roundabout. I went to Simmons University to receive a MFA in Writing [ Read the full article… ]

Day 4: David Barclay Moore

What struck me first was the title, The Stars Beneath Our Feet. Lyrical and evocative, the white lettering was stacked and drew your eyes down to the image of an African-American boy walking on a patchwork road of Legos. Stars peeked around the bricks and sparkled above. I was captivated and intrigued. Before long, the [ Read the full article… ]