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.

Artist Background

Kelly Starling Lyons is a founding member of The Brown Bookshelf, teaching artist and award-winning children’s book author. Her mission is to center Black heroes, celebrate family, friendship and heritage and show all kids the stories they hold inside. She has written 30 books for young readers that span from easy readers to picture books and chapter books. Among her acclaimed titles are Caldecott Honor winner Going Down Home with Daddy, Geisel Honor Award recipient, Ty’s Travels: Zip, Zoom, Christopher Award winner Tiara’s Hat Parade, Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice & Sing Inspired Generations, a Bank Street Best Book, and My Hands Tell a Story, a Black Caucus of the American Library Association Best of the Best title. She is also the author of the popular Jada Jones and Miles Lewis chapter book series. Kelly, a former Piedmont Laureate, was named to Good Morning America’s 2021 Inspiration List: Who’s Making Black History.

Find out more at www.kellystarlinglyons.com.

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