Kelly Starling Lyons

Kelly Starling Lyons is a children’s book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. Her books include CCBC Choices-honored picture book, ONE MILLION MEN AND ME, ELLEN’S BROOM, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book, Junior Library Guild and Bank Street Best selection, TEA CAKES FOR TOSH, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, HOPE’S GIFT, an IRA/CBC Children’s Choices selection and ONE MORE DINO ON THE FLOOR, a Scholastic Reading Club pick. Her Jada Jones chapter book series debuted in 2017 with ROCK STAR and CLASS ACT.  2019 brings two more book in her series  – JADA JONES: SLEEPOVER SCIENTIST and JADA JONES: DANCING QUEEN and two picture books, DOWN HOME WITH DADDY and SING A SONG. She’s honored to be a contributor to anthologies including WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES and BEEN THERE, DONE THAT. A native of Pittsburgh, Kelly lives in North Carolina. She does author visits, conferences and festivals around the country.


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