SPOTLIGHT ON AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOK – LITERARY LEGENDS - THE ART OF BUILDING BOOK LOVERS

SPOTLIGHT ON AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOK – LITERARY LEGENDS - THE ART OF BUILDING BOOK LOVERS

07/24/2020, 1:45 PM - 2:20 PM

Indie Publishers Stage
Language:
English

Award winning authors will share insight of how their books are creating life long readers.  Readers who read for the love of the Book.  The panel will also discuss the state of African American Children's Books.

 

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MODERATOR - VANESSE LLOYD-SGAMBATI - THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOK PROJECT – FOUNDER/CEO

 

Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati is the CEO of The Literary Media and Publishing Consultants, a public relations firm that specializes in publishing.  For over Thirty years the firm has served as consultant, to authors, illustrators, publishers and corporate entities interested in literacy.  The forte of the firm is their knowledge of the African American literary marketplace.

 

She is also the founder of The African American Children's Book Project which serves to promote and preserve diverse Children's Books. The organization produces one of the oldest and largest single day events for African American Children's Books in the country. The organization's mantra is”PRESERVE A LEGACY, BUY A BOOK." 

 

 

 

 DERRICK BARNES – I AM EVERY GOOD THING (NANCY PAULSEN BOOKS)

 

Derrick D. Barnes is the author of the critically acclaimed picture book CROWN: An Ode To The Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books/Agate Bolden) he and the illustrator Gordon James won a multitude of literay awards, making it one of the most decorated picture books in the history of children’s literature. The awards/prizes include two Ezra Jack Keats Award (writing and illustrations), American Library Association's Youth Media Awards - Coretta Scott King Author and illustrators honors, Newberry Honor, and Caldecott Honor.  In 2019 Crown took home the highly coveted Kirkus Prize for Young Readers.

 

He has written picture book, YA, and chapter book series. His follow up to CROWN was the New York Times Bestselling book The King of Kindergarten. His upcoming titles are Who Got Game? Baseball (Workman) and I Am Every Good Think.  He lives in North Carolina with his enchanting wife, Dr. Tinka Barnes and their four sons, THE MIGHTY BARNES BROTHERS: Ezra, Solomon, Silas, and Nnamdi (Nom-dee).

 

 

 

 

 

VARIAN JOHNSON –  TWINS (Scholastic)

 

Varian Johnson is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Parker Inheritance, for which he won a Coretta Scott King Honor award; The Great Greene Heist, which was an ALA Notable Children's Book, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2014, and a Texas Library Association Lone Star List selection; and To Catch a Cheat, another Jackson Greene adventure and a Kids' Indie Next List pick. He lives with his family near Austin, Texas

 

KELLY STARLING LYONS – TY’S TRAVELS EASY READER SERIES (HARPERCOLLINS)

 

Kelly Starling Lyons is an award-winning author whose more than a dozen titles for children span easy readers, picture books, chapter books, fiction, nonfiction, and series. For more than 15 years, Lyons has been creating inspiring books that center Black heroes, celebrate family and appeal to all audiences. Her acclaimed titles include Caldecott Honor-winning Going Down Home with Daddy,  Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice & Sing Inspired Generations, Jada Jones chapter book series, Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon and Tiara’s Hat Parade.  She lives in North Carolina with her family

 

RENEE WATSON -  SOME PLACE MORE THAN OTHERS (BLOOMSBURY)

 

Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author. Her novel, Piecing Me Together, received a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award. Her books include Some Places More Than OthersThis Side of HomeWhat Momma Left MeBetty Before X, cowritten with Ilyasah Shabazz, and Watch Us Rise, cowritten with Ellen Hagan, as well as two acclaimed picture books: A Place Where Hurricanes Happen and Harlem’s Little Blackbird, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Renée lives in New York City.

 

CAROLE BOSTON WEATHERFORD – RESPECT: ARETHA FRANKLIN, THE QUEEN OF SOUL (ATHENEUM FOR YOUNG READERS)

 

 

ince her literary debut with Juneteenth Jamboree in 1995, Carole’s books have received three Caldecott Honors, two NAACP Image Awards, an SCBWI Golden Kite Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor and many other honors.

For career achievements, Carole received the Ragan-Rubin Award from North Carolina English Teachers Association and the North Carolina Literature Award, among the state’s highest civilian honors. She holds an M.A. in publications design from University of Baltimore and an M.F.A. in creative writing from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is a Professor of English at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

 

Contributors

  • Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati

    Moderator

  • Varian Johnson

    Panelist

  • Renee Watson

    Panelist

  • Derrick Barnes

    Panelist

  • Kelly Starling Lyons

    Panelist

  • Carole Boston Weatherford

    Panelist

Categories

  1. Track
    Author Events
    • Author Stage Talks
    Education
    • Books & Authors
    • Business of Publishing
    • Independent Booksellers
    • Libraries

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