Presented to you by Candlewick Press in collaboration with Red Clay Educators, hosted by Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul.
Sonja Cherry-Paul

In this educator-focused series highlighting the work of Black authors and illustrators, Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul, best-selling author, founder of Red Clay Educators, and cofounder of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy, leads discussions with children‘s book creators about their work and the powerful ways their books can live in classrooms.

Dr. Cherry-Paul has created a Teacher Tip sheet for each of the titles highlighted in season 3. A link to each will be provided here ahead of each episode.

We’re delighted to announce Season 3 of the series with a new look and home on YouTube! You’ll find the schedule below along with access to previous episodes and corresponding podcasts. We appreciate your sharing this important work with colleagues and friends.

Join Us for Season 3!

Each discussion in the series will also be made available in our podcast archive page, as well as in the following platforms

Season 3

Rhiannon Giddens

Grammy Award winner Rhiannon Giddens celebrates Black history and culture in her unflinching, uplifting, and gorgeously illustrated picture book debut, Build a House.

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G. Neri

G. Neri is the award-winning author of many books for young readers, including Ghetto Cowboy, which was made into the Netflix film Concrete Cowboy, starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin.

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Frederick Joseph and Porsche Joseph

The New York Times best-selling author of The Black Friend, Frederick Joseph, and seasoned activist Porsche Joseph have created an indispensable guide to social and political progressivism for young people and anyone wanting to get more involved in Better Than We Found It.

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Acclaimed Nigerian storyteller Atinuke is the author of many books for children, including the beloved Anna Hibiscus chapter book series set in contemporary West Africa.

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February 15, 2023 07:30 ET

Linda Williams Jackson

Award-winning author Linda Williams Jackson pulls from her own childhood in the Mississippi Delta to tell the story of Ellis Earl in The Lucky Ones.

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March 14, 2023 07:30 ET

Tacko Fall

Basketball phenom Tacko Fall shares the inspiring story of his journey from West Africa to the NBA in Tacko Fall: To New Heights.

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April 11, 2023 07:30 ET

Aya de León

Aya de León is the Afro-Latina author of several suspense novels for adults, teaches creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley, and is active in movements for racial, gender, and climate justice. Undercover Latina is her debut for young readers.

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May 09, 2023 07:30 ET

David Barclay Moore

Filmmaker and John Steptoe New Talent Author Award winner David Barclay Moore’s picture books both transport and transform young readers.

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