Happy Book Birthday to BOTTLE TOPS! Written by Alison Goldberg and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, BOTTLE TOPS is the captivating story Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui whose passion, creativity, and awe-inspiring artwork reminds us that creating powerful art is about being true to yourself. Find out more about this wonderful book here.
We Need Diverse Books’s RISE UP Initiative
I’m SO excited to be part of WNDB’s Rise Up program, an initiative designed to support diverse mid-level publishing professionals in an effort to increase their industry retention rates. You can read more about it on WNDB’s website here and in this article from Publishers Weekly!
Happy Book Birthday to MAGIC LIKE THAT by Samara Cole Doyon and illustrator Geneva Bowers. Natural hair is magical, but magic isn’t easy. As a young Black girl patiently waits for her mother to finish her newest hairstyle, she wonders what stunning, majestic, awe-inspiring form her hair will take next! Find out more about this wonderful book here.
Happy Book Birthday to author Kelly J. Baptist and illustrator Darnell Johnson for THE ELECTRIC SLIDE AND KAI! A funky celebration of #BlackBoyJoy with all the right moves, this picture book will have everyone dancing! This beautiful story received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. Check out the book’s awesome book trailer and find at more here.
I was featured on SCBWI Western Washington’s blog Pen & Story. In my interview with Dolores Andral, I spoke about how I help shape children’s publishing. Check out the interview here.
In conversation with other editors and agents at the virtual book festival #theBronxisReading. Viewers send in questions and the panel answers LIVE!
A video conversation between author Kelly J. Baptist and myself about our collaboration on her picture book The Electric Slide and Kai, illustrated by Darnell Johnson (2021 Lee & Low Books).