Drumbeat for Change

Drumbeat for Change

In this interactive presentation, students hear the history behind several of Kelly’s children’s books, learn that kids throughout history have been agents of change and that the power to create change lives in them too. During the program, students will participate in readings and a call and response in the poem, Drumbeat for Change, included in the acclaimed anthology, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices.

Both in-person and virtual (live and pre-recorded) options are available for this program.

Artist Background

Kelly Starling Lyons is a children’s book author whose mission is to center Black heroes, celebrate family, friendship and heritage and show all kids the storyteller they hold inside. Her more than a dozen award-winning titles span easy readers, picture books and chapter books, nonfiction and fiction, standalone and series. Her latest picture books are Caldecott Honor Book, Going Down Home with Daddy; Bank Street Best selection, Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations,; Junior Library Guild title, Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon; and Read Across America recommended read, Tiara’s Hat Parade. Jada Jones, her chapter book series, and Ty’s Travels, her easy reader series, have won praise for their authentic representation and engaging storylines. Kelly presents at schools, libraries and conferences nationwide.

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