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  • My latest book, THE OLDEST STUDENT, debuted on January 7, 2020!
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  • HAMMERING FOR FREEDOM made the American Library Association's 2019 "Notable Children's Picture Books" list
  • HAMMERING FOR FREEDOM received a STARRED KIRKUS REVIEW!
  • HAMMERING FOR FREEDOM received a STARRED SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW!
  • HAMMERING FOR FREEDOM received a GREAT review from HORN BOOK
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About the author

Rita Lorraine

Rita Lorraine

Hello Everyone! I am a former special education teacher, and am 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. It has received STARRED REVIEWS from Kirkus, Booklist, Publisher's Weekly and School Library Journal, and received a great review by The Wall Street Journal. 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 penned African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes, and I earned the 2014 SCBWI Letter of Merit for an unpublished multicultural novel. I am the author of several educational books for teens, and I occasionally review books for The New York Journal of Books. Thanks for visiting!

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    Roxie "Talula"

    Hi Rita, I read your posts often as I can find them. I finally got the courage to pull all my half-written stuff out to begin writing for real after seeing your “go get-um” attitude here. I have you in my blog friends that I read regularly. Just thought you might like to see what an already (newly)published writer is going through in her process – and maybe you can have a little hope that Yes! you (Rita H.) are making a difference out there! come on over to my place and read about Karen Collum & “Possum”. Talula

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    Rita Lorraine Hubbard

    Rita Lorraine Hubbard

    Hey Talula!
    Thanks for writing. You’ve really made my day. And thanks for taking my article, “Tell ‘Em to Do Their Own Damn Work!” in the spirit in which it was written–with a little vexation and a whole lotta love.

    Wishing you the very best in all you do,

    Rita Lorraine

    PS – On my way to visit your site 🙂

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    Roxie "Talula"

    Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by. Hoped you like Karen’s story. I just knew that it was a post i had to send out to the larger world of families. She is a terrific writer in many genres, though mostly in Children’s work. This story is not just personal — it is a passion of hers to write childrens positive thinking books for the foster care children & families in Australia. I really hope the publishers will pick it up for her after the family gets through this ordeal with her son’s heart surgery, and she can polish it till it shines. Thanks for all you for us lonely writers out here!

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