(Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich)




•Editor, THE HERO NEXT DOOR, (Crown/Penguin Random House, 2019)

SOMEDAY IS NOW: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-Ins, (Quarto Kids, 2018)


•NAOMIS TOO, w. Audrey Vernick (HarperCollins, 2018)

TWO NAOMIS, w. Audrey Vernick, (HarperCollins, 2016)

8th GRADE SUPERZERO, (Scholastic, 2010)

•Contributor, Brightly (http://www.readbrightly.com/contributor/olugbemisola-rhuday-perkovich/)

•Contributor, Heinemann Digital Campus (http://digitalcampus.heinemann.com/reference-library/)

•Contributor, THE JOURNEY IS EVERYTHING: Teaching Essays That Students Want to Write for People Who Want To Read Them, (Heinemann); IMAGINE IT BETTER: Visions of What School Might Be (Heinemann); BREAK THESE RULES, Anthology (Chicago Review Press); OPEN MIC: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices, Anthology (Candlewick)

• Online Content Provider, Scholastic Instructor, American Baby, Healthy Kids, and other publications.

• Contributing Editor to teen publications including Word Up, Rap Masters, and Right On magazines.

• Proposal narrative writer: Bronx School for Law Government, and Justice, (won grant from New Visions for Public Schools), girls' after-school program (won grant from New York Women's Foundation), and Cornell Cooperative Extension nutrition education program (won grant from Dept. of Youth and Community Development).

• Created PR and educational materials for clients including Girls, Inc., Sunburst Communications, MFY Legal Services, and Flavor Unit Entertainment.


Online Instructor, Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN

Director, Youth and Family Ministries, Cathedral of St. John the Divine: Created and led educational and creative arts programs for young children and teens. Developed original curriculum, taught weekly early childhood classes, supervised three assistant teachers, facilitated teen group.

Assistant Producer, Lancit Media: Conducted research, talent searches, and location scouting for PBS programs The Puzzle Place and Reading Rainbow.

Public Service Fellow, Echoing Green Foundation: Two-time fellowship award winner; created and implemented literacy, leadership, and career exploration program for adolescent girls.

Literacy Coach/Program Coordinator: Cornell Cooperative Extension. Created and implemented literacy program lesson plans and curricular materials. Coordinated and developed student services for teen "School-to-Work" program. Delivered job/college prep, journalism, academic skill-building workshops. Facilitated teen discussion workshops. Recruited and trained college students to work with youth 2-19. Edited grants to secure program funding.


Certificate, Teaching of Writing; Teachers College Reading and Writing Project/Columbia University

M.A., Educational Communication & Technology; Steinhardt School of Education/New York University, (Concentration: English Education)

B.Sc., Communication; Cornell University

Sample Speaking Engagements, Writing, and Teaching

Kweli Color of Children's Literature Conference Moderator, "Free Within Ourselves: A Conversation with Jacqueline Woodson and Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop"

Bronx Book Festival Moderator, "Kid Tested, Mother Approved" Middle Grade Panel

Library of Congress Literacy Conference, "Reading Promotion and the Battle To Keep People Reading"

Panel: "Diverse Books: Current State and Future"

Symphony Space Thalia Book Club Moderator, in conversation with Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

NerdcampNJ Nerdtalk Keynote:  "Sharing Diverse Literature in the Classroom"

Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature: "Success Story" Keynote

Colorado Council, International Reading Association (CCIRA)

Session Presenter: "Sharing Diverse Literature, Or On Coming Up To The Front To Talk About Africa"

Writing Workshop: Creating Complex Characters

Michigan Reading Association: Session Presenter: Sharing Diverse Literature, Or On Coming Up To The Front To Talk About Africa

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Voices from the Middle

Journal article: "Say That To My Face: On Teaching and Learning Diverse Literature for Empowerment and Transformation (Or, On Feeling Itchy)"

Podcast: http://www.ncte.org/journals/vm/podcasts/vol-24-episode-12

New York State Reading Association

Session Presenter: "Strategies for Sharing Diverse Literature in Your Library or Classroom"

Brooklyn Book Festival

Moderator, "Laugh Your Head Off" Middle Grade Humor Panel; Panelist, "Children's Books Set in NYC"

Panelist: International Literacy Association (ILA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), American Library Association (ALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)

Gotham Writers: Children's Book Writing Intensive, Teen Creative Nonfiction, College Essay Coaching

The Loft Online Writing Workshops: Is The Hero's Journey All There Is?, Mothering As A Creative Act

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, New Jersey Chapter

Workshop Intensive: "What's So Funny? Writing Humor for Young People"

Workshop: "Writing Upper Middle Grade Fiction"

Harlem Educational Activities Fund, College Success Coach

Symphony Space Thalia Book Club Writers workshop (w. Audrey Vernick)