Kelly Starling Lyons

Kelly Starling Lyons is a founding member of The Brown Bookshelf, a teaching artist, and an award-winning author
of more than 30 books for young readers. Her mission is to center Black heroes, celebrate family, friendship, & heritage, and show all kids the stories they hold inside. Among her acclaimed picture books are Caldecott Honor winner Going Down Home with Daddy, illustrated by Daniel Minter; Christopher Award winner Tiara’s Hat Parade, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell; and Bank Street Best
Books selections Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice & Sing Inspired Generations, illustrated by Keith Mallett, and My Hands Tell a Story, illustrated by Tonya Engel. Kelly is also the author of three popular series for young people—chapter books starring her characters Jada Jones and Miles Lewis, and the Ty’s Travels easy readers which won a Geisel Honor for Zip, Zoom. Her nonfiction titles include two books in Chelsea Clinton’s She Persisted series, chapter books on Dr. Dorothy I. Height and Mrs. Coretta Scott King. Kelly was named to Good Morning America’s 2021 list, Who’s Making Black History. She regularly presents to schools, libraries, festivals, and conferences around the country.

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Books by Kelly Starling Lyons

The Jada Jones Series

"In this first title in the Jada Jones series, Lyons writes with keen sensitivity about the big emotions surrounding school friendships . . . " - Publishers Weekly "Easy to read and sprinkled with science, a contemporary tale of friendship, loss, acceptance, and learning how to be who you are and rock what you've got." - Kirkus "Readers who love "Ivy and Bean" or "Katie Woo" will want to meet Jada Jones."  - School Library Journal

Reading Level: Chapter Book

Hope's Gift

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People IRA/CBC Children's Choice Reading is Fundamental Multicultural Collection "A warm story about the love of a family and the jubilation of freedom" - Kirkus

Reading Level: Picture Book

One More Dino on the Floor

Scholastic Reading Club Pick

- " . . . when the smiling dino faces and lively posturing combine with the snappy rhyming text, it's hard not to get caught up in the frivolity."  - Booklist

- "In this delightful picture book for the youngest readers, dinosaurs stomp, race and roar across the dance floor, teaching lessons in math, counting and reading. This dino dance party is a fun, educational read." - The Root

Reading Level: Picture Book