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Day 17: Nancy Redd

Nancy Redd is an American Library Association award winner, an NAACP Image Award nominee, and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her debut picture book, Bedtime Bonnet, focuses on Black nighttime hair rituals and was chosen by the American Library Association’s Black Caucus as a “Best of the Best” book for 2020. [ Read the full article… ]

Day 16 – Kaylani Juanita

  Kaylani Juanita McCard, professionally known as Kaylani Juanita, is an illustrator. Her work focuses on activism, empowerment of people of color, and LGBTQ+ people. Her work has appeared in publications through Chronicle Books, Cicada Magazine, and Lee & Low Books. Her first illustrated book, Ta-Da! by Kathy Ellen Davis, was released by Chronicle Books and nominated for an Young Readers award via [ Read the full article… ]

Day 15 – Ben Philippe

Reading Ben Philippe’s first book opened a whole new world for me. The mind of a Canadian teen and how it might feel for them to move to the United States. Like it’s name, The Field Guide to the North American Teenager, it truly reminded me of what it was like to be a teen – [ Read the full article… ]

Day 14: Kereen Getten

Kereen Getten’s debut novel WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU MANGOS is described as “a celebration of island life as well as a rich, lyrical mystery.” From her web site: “Twelve-year-old Clara lives on an island that visitors call exotic. But there’s nothing exotic about it to Clara. She loves eating ripe mangos off the ground, running [ Read the full article… ]

Day 13: Valerie Bolling

Valerie Bolling is not only a talented educator and debut picture book author, she’s a marketing dynamo and caring advocate for others. The media section of her website has links to dozens of interviews she did to promote Let’s Dance! (illustrated by Maine Diaz, published by Boyds Mills Press). Zoom readalouds, panel discussions, author visits, [ Read the full article… ]

Day 12 – Chrystal Giles

“Don’t give yourself an option to fail.”* Chrystal Giles Born, raised and still living in North Carolina Chrystal Giles has come full circle with children’s literacy.  Even as a child, she always had a love for books.  Roaming up and down the aisles at the library, coming home with a tall stack of books, and [ Read the full article… ]

DAY 11: Junauda Petrus

For book lovers looking for their next impossible-to- put down young adult novel, visit your neighborhood bookstore or library and check out The STARS AND THE BLACKNESS BETWEEN THEM. Junauda Petrus is the author and writes from her home in Minneapolis. Her book has won the Minnesota Book Award, a Coretta Scott King Honor, ALA [ Read the full article… ]

Day 10: Laura Freeman

I’m a very visual person. Oftentimes, I purchase picture books because of the art, without really knowing the author’s or illustrator’s name. That caused me some embarrassment a few years ago at the Original Art show in NYC, a Society of Illustrators event. While checking out the art on the walls, an artist walked up [ Read the full article… ]