A place where readers can meet African American independent authors of children books
Author, Crystal Marable, writes to inspire. She has had a love for writing since she was a young teenager. She created the Graceful Girlz children’s book series to inspire our next generation of girls to develop in integrity, character and self-esteem. It is her vision that these books will instill Christian values that will inspire and empower our girls to love God’s word, love one another and to develop into graceful young ladies.
Kyla and Monique McKenzie
Kyla McKenzie, a five-year-old first time author, is on a mission to spread the word about the awesomeness of God. Monique McKenzie is an award-winning journalist, who has written and contributed to numerous nonfiction works, including a long list of articles for Black Enterprise, Essence, Heart & Soul, School Library Journal, The Network Journal, Uptown Professional and a host of other publications.
Crystal McKnight was born and raised in Ahoskie, North Carolina. She holds a bachelor of arts in dramatic arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her college career, Crystal fell in love with writing after being exposed to an array of literary works, which inspired her to put her pen to paper. Although she continued to write throughout her college career, it wasn’t until she became a mother that she decided to write a children’s book.
Jacquitta A. McManus
“All my life, I’ve gravitated to fantasy stories, stories I felt I could be a part of, where I could completely immerse myself in my imagination.”
I'm a children's book author, illustrator and publisher that is inspired by fantasy adventure stories that push the imagination.
Shoe lover turned author Akilah McMullan had one thing in mind when she created The Kaleb & Kaiya Series, "I want to tell positive stories that highlight minority families doing everyday things." Akilah is looking forward to the next release in the children's book series entitled King Kaleb.
Antoine L. Medley
Antoine L. Medley is a dedicated husband of eighteen years, a doting father of two, a loving son, and a loyal brother; he is also an IT professional, mentor, entrepreneur, motivator, and now an author. Through his involvement and memberships in various philanthropic organizations, including the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Antoine has worked tirelessly for the past fifteen years to serve his community in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Cerece Rennie Murphy
Mrs. Murphy is developing the next book in the Ellis and The Magic Mirror book series and a 2-part science fiction thriller set in outer space.
Jomo W. Mutegi
Jomo W. Mutegi, Ph.D. is a professor by day and a revolutionary by night. As a professor, Dr. Mutegi studies the participation of African people in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). As a revolutionary, Dr. Mutegi has committed himself to creating curricular materials aimed at securing the survival the African people.
Remembering her own personal struggles as a young African-Canadian girl, Ms Ndongmo recognized the need for reading materials geared towards children that would give them permission to love and appreciate their own beauty and uniqueness. Her first children's book titled 'Loving Me' was met with great success and went on to win several awards including the 2014 My People Caribbean Canadian Literary Award! 'The Loving Me Song' is now available on iTunes as well!
I have been writing since I was 5 years old and have always known that that would be my career path.
As a mother of 3 young children under the age of 8 years old, she has had plenty of opportunities to test theories, formulate strategies and get first hand suggestions and feedback on them. Her previous work includes, The Beautiful Daughters of Africa© Series cooloring fun activity books, Team Princess story books and apparel line. (still in development) and owner at Heritage Arts Illustrated the company under which she brands her products.
Tina Olajide is a London-based writer and this is her first children’s book.
“I created Emi, because I realized there weren’t enough heroines for little brown girls to look up to. Emi reminded me of the confident and inquisitive little girl I was and the importance of nurturing the spark inside every girl.”
Denise Patterson is a native Washingtonian and has worked in the field of education for eleven years. She attended Trinity University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Grand Canyon University where she obtained a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading. Denise is a Reading Specialist and resides in Washington, D.C. with her son.