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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!
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  • Stay tuned for THE OLDEST STUDENT my next historical nonfiction picture book published by RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS

School Visits

An elementary school visit in March 2019

Do you want your students to experience the magic of having a real, live author visit their class? I’m available! I offer book readings, book signings, skype visits, book sale appearances and more! I even teach literacy sessions for elementary and middle school book lovers.

I am a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), and I have been writing since I could hold a pencil. I’m also a book reviewer for trade publishers across the US for 10 years and I often give away brand new books to the children I encounter. I have won several writing awards, including:

a. Donald Scaif Conference Scholarship, 2018
b. State of Tennessee Professional Development Grant, 2017
c. 2014: East TN Historical Society Community History Award – http://tinyurl.com/nzze4gl
d. 2014: SCBWI Letter of Merit – Multicultural – http://www.scbwi.org/2014-wip-winners-announced/
e. 2012: Lee and Low Books New Voices Award Winner
f. The Haven Foundation Grant, 2009
g. 2009: First Place, Google Knol Competition
h. 2007: Innerlit Moon Best First Chapter Contest (unpublished Romance)

MOST RECENT CHILDREN’S BOOKS

I have two children’ books that I’m very proud of. They are:
1. Hammering for Freedom: The Story of William Lewis (Lee and Low, Sept. 2018 – https://tinyurl.com/y7pteyqy2
2. The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Random House, 2019). Link to be announced.

OTHER BOOKS

I am the author of PLAYWRITING (Cavendish Square, 2017); GETTING A JOB IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY (Rosen Publishing, 2013); and GETTING THE MOST OUT OF MOOC and THE RIGHT DEGREE FOR ME IN HEALTH CARE (both published by Rosen Publishing, 2015).

I’m also the author of AFRICAN AMERICANS OF CHATTANOOGA: A HISTORY OF UNSUNG HEROES (The History Press, 2008). Salem Press published four of my nonfiction articles in its Great Lives from History: African American series (2010) and I contributed a historical article called DR. EMMA ROCHELLE WHEELER: A BEACON OF LIGHT for the book Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage, sponsored by the American Association of University Women.

Tell Me About Your Classroom

WHAT YOU GET

When I speak to your students, I read from my latest book and then provide a Q&A session during which the children can ask anything they like about the writing process, the publishing world, and what it’s like to see your book on the shelves.

Rita chatting with GPS girls at Bessie Smith Center

Want to get the ball rolling? Complete the Contact Form to the left and let’s chat about your manuscript.

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