Write the Story Only You Can Tell

Write the Story Only You Can Tell

In this interactive presentation, students learn that the best stories come from the treasure they hold inside. Kelly shares how every-day moments, enduring memories and history inspire her books for kids. Then, she takes students on a tour of her writing process from story idea to publication. She gives them a peek at drafts, early art from illustrators and offers tips on making their stories shine. The session includes readings and Q&A.

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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