My name is Rita Lorraine Hubbard

Hello Everyone!

I am a former special education teacher and currently a full-time children’s writer, book blogger and freelance editor. My newest picture book, The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Random House), debuted as the No. 1 Picture Book in Women’s Biographies and Children’s American History, and has won the 2022 Texas Bluebonnet Award, the 2022 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award, the 2021 SCBWI Crystal Kite, and the 2021 Comstock Read-aloud Award.

My first picture book, Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story (Lee and Low), debuted on September 24, 2018. It is a School Library Journal selection and received positive Kirkus and Horn Book reviews.

I also penned African Americans of Chattanooga, which has been adopted by the state of Tennessee as a part of its official bibliography.

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Rita's Tips and Random Thoughts

Little Things You Should Know: Just How Many Pages are Enough?

Hi Everybody, Just dashing through to share some information about manuscript submission lengths. No matter your genre, the odds are you have wondered just how...
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Little Things You Should Know: Readability

Hi Everybody, Just stopping by to ask an important writing question (Yes, another one!). Is your work readable? Now, I didn’t say legible, I said...
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Little Things You Should Know: Passive Sentences

Hello Aspiring Writers, Have you ever submitted a story to an agent, editor or publisher, only to be told you use too many passive sentences?...
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