I write books for kids. Why?

Because readers are leaders.

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OPENING THE ROAD: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book

“Hungry? Check the Green Book. Tired? Check the Green Book. Sick? Check the Green Book.”

In the late 1930s when segregation was legal and Black Americans couldn’t visit every establishment or travel everywhere they wanted to safely, a New Yorker named Victor Hugo Green decided to do something about it.

In the first picture book about the creation and distribution of The Green Book, author Keila Dawson and illustrator Alleanna Harris tell the story of the man behind it and how this travel guide opened the road for a safer, more equitable America.

Beaming Books | ISBN: 978-1506467917
40 pages | ages 4-8

Available January 26, 2021

Pre-order wherever books are sold!

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No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History

No Voice Too Small celebrates the young people who know how to be the change they seek. Fourteen poems honor these young activists. Featuring poems by Lesléa Newman, Traci Sorell, and Nikki Grimes. Additional text goes into detail about each youth activist’s life and how readers can get involved.

Now available!

Charlesbridge | ISBN: 978-1-6235-4131-6
40 pages | ages 5-9

“Never too soon to start stirring things up.”

starred review| Kirkus

100 Best Picture Books of 2020 | Kirkus

Best Picture Books of 2020 About Small People in a Big World | Kirkus

2021 Notable Poetry Book | NCTE

Best Informational Books for Younger Readers of 2020 | Chicago Public Library

Best Picture Books of 2020 | Bear Pond Books

Bookshop | Blue Manatee Literacy Project | Charlesbridge | Amazon | B&N

Click on the picture to watch the NO VOICE TOO SMALL Book Trailer.

Created by Jeannette Bradley

The King Cake Baby

The little plastic baby traditionally hidden inside a Mardi Gras King Cake is the runaway in this tasty new adaptation of an old folktale. The story sparkles with French phrases, New Orleans colloquialisms, and vibrant, comic-book style artwork depicting the city’s characters and treasures. Includes an easy king cake recipe. Bon appétit!

Where can you catch the King Cake Baby?

Bookshop | Amazon | Barnes & Noble and other retail stores. 

The King Cake Baby Book Trailer

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