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Day 22: Gwendolyn R. Hooks

I met future Brown Bookshelf sisters Gwendolyn Hooks and Crystal Allen in 2005 at the Highlights Writers Workshop at Chautauqua. We were all early in our children’s book writing journeys. At Chautauqua, we found mentoring, lessons on the art and craft of writing for kids and each other. The three of us became friends. Seemed [ Read the full article… ]

Day 21: Tracey Baptiste

Tracey Baptiste describes her experience as a Brown Bookshelf member, her publishing journey, new books, and the resources for teachers, writers, and kids she’s offering on her new website.

Day 20: Pamela Tuck

Pamela Tuck has a big heart to match her big talent. You can feel that in the picture books she writes and see it in her most important role as the matriarch of a large and loving family. Her debut picture book, As Fast as Words Could Fly, celebrated the trailblazing achievement of her father [ Read the full article… ]

Day 19: Ronni Davis

The tagline on Ronni Davis’ website says Writer, Dreamer, Wanderer. What a wonderful way to describe what she does and what qualities inform the books she creates. Maybe it’s Ronni’s love of travel that helps inspire her deep exploration of teen characters, journeying through their minds, struggles and motivations. And maybe her “head in the [ Read the full article… ]

Day 18: Lisa Moore Ramée

Lisa Moore Ramée was born and raised in Los Angeles and now lives in Northern California, with her husband, daughter, obnoxious cat, rambunctious dog and more yard than she can control. She earned a BA in Speech Communications from San Francisco State (go Gators!) and a MA in English Literature (focusing on Creative Writing) from Cal State [ Read the full article… ]

Day 17: Nadia L. Hohn

Toronto-born of Jamaican parents, Nadia L. Hohn is an award-winning author, educator, and “artivist” who advocates for diversity in children’s literature. We are proud to highlight this internationally active writer as our Day 17 honoree.  NADIA L. HOHN is the author of Malaika’s Costume (2016) which was the 2021 TD Grade One Book Giveaway, a [ Read the full article… ]

Day 16: Leah Henderson

Leah Henderson is a writer, mentor, and teacher. Her critically acclaimed books for young readers include Your Voice, Your Vote, The Courage of the Little Hummingbird, The Magic in Changing Your Stars, A Day for Rememberin’, and Together We March. She has written for the New York Times Book Review and as a contributing author [ Read the full article… ]

Day 15: Cathy Ann Johnson

Cathy Ann Johnson received her BFA from Columbus College of Arts and Design. She spent several years at Hallmark Greeting Cards, where she honed her skills crafting emotional content that speaks to children. Her ability to work in a range of styles merited her a position in Hallmark’s Center of Excellence. Cathy Ann loves connecting [ Read the full article… ]