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Bringing History to Life: An Author's Journey

Bringing History to Life: An Author's Journey

How many times have you heard kids groan about history lessons? In this multimedia performance, students get plugged in. Kelly shows a slideshow of images and shares how history inspired her children's books. Then, she takes kids on an inspiring tour of her writing process from story idea to publication. She gives them a peek at her first draft and revisions, illustrator's sketches and engages them in identifying changes and discussing why they were made. The session includes a freedom song or spiritual, reading and Q&A.

Artist Background

Kelly Starling Lyons is a children's book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. Her books include chapter book, NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal; CCBC Choices-honored picture book, One Million Men and Me; Ellen's Broom, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book, Junior Library Guild and Bank Street Best selection; Tea Cakes for Tosh, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and winner of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Award for Juvenile Literature (sponsored by NC AAUW) and Hope's Gift, a Storytelling World Award winner and SIBA Okra Pick. She presents regularly at schools and libraries in NC, VA, SC and beyond. Learn more at

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