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In short, I was the ‘new kid’ at school many times over, in more than one country, and currently live with my family in NYC, where I love walking and working on crafts in many forms. Check me out on my blog.
Two Naomis (HarperCollins, 2016), with Audrey Vernick, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, was a Kirkus Book of the Year, and is a Junior Library Guild Selection. The sequel, Naomis Too, is out now. 8th Grade Superzero (Scholastic, 2010) received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month, a Notable Book for a Global Society by the International Reading Association (IRA), and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the National Council for the Social Studies and CBC, and to the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) Reading Circle Catalog.
In 2018, I introduced myself to the world of nonfiction with my debut picture book, SOMEDAY IS NOW: CLARA LUPER AND THE 1958 OKLAHOMA CITY SIT-INS (Quarto Kids), a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and ABOVE AND BEYOND: NASA’S JOURNEY TO TOMORROW (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan), and I’m not stopping there! Stay tuned for more.
I’m the editor of the forthcoming We Need Diverse Books anthology, THE HERO NEXT DOOR, coming in July 2019. I’ve also contributed to several anthologies, including WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES (Crown/Random House), edited by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson; THE JOURNEY IS EVERYTHING: Teaching Essays That Students Want to Write for People Who Want to Read Them (Heinemann); and BREAK THESE RULES: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself (Chicago Review Press).
I am a member of The Brown Bookshelf, a Web site dedicated to amplifying Black and Brown voices in children’s literature, and a former We Need Diverse Books Board member.
Literary Agent: The phenomenal Marietta Zacker.