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Tea Time Talk Special: Picture Book Biographies with Authors Monica Brown, Katheryn Russell-Brown, and Sandra Nickel


Sep 17, 2020 02:28 PM

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Monica Brown
Author of Sharuko: El arqueólogo peruano Julio C. Tello/Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello
Monica Brown has written twenty acclaimed picture books, including the Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor-winning Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match, as well as the Lola Levine and Sarai chapter book series. Most of her stories are inspired by her desire to bring diverse stories to children and by her own mixed heritage, which includes Peruvian, Scottish, Spanish, Amerindian, and Jewish ancestry. When not writing for children, Brown serves as a professor of English at Northern Arizona University, where she teaches about US Latino and multicultural literature. Brown lives with her family in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her website is monicabrown.net.
Katheryn Russell-Brown
Author of She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm
Katheryn Russell-Brown is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida. She grew up in a family of music lovers, where jazz was an integral part of the sounds of daily life. A radio broadcast in 2008 about Liston inspired Russell-Brown to research the musician and eventually to write Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, her first picture book. Russell-Brown lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her family. Visit her online at krbrown.net.
Sandra Nickel
Author of Nacho's Nachos: The Story Behind the World's Favorite Snack
Sandra Nickel makes her children’s book debut with Nacho’s Nachos. She says that story ideas are everywhere; you just have to reach out and grab them. She is a two-time winner of the Hunger Mountain Katherine Patterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing in the picture book category. A native of Kansas, Nickel now lives in Chexbres, Switzerland, where she blogs about children’s book writers and illustrators at whatwason.com. You can also find her online at sandranickel.com and @senickel.