ABOUT KELLY STARLING-LYONS
Pittsburgh native 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 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 the AAUW of North Carolina) and Hope’s Gift, an IRA/CBC Children’s Choices selection, Storytelling World Resource Award winner and SIBA Okra Pick.
Lyons lives in North Carolina where she facilitates a book club that celebrates literary treasures by black children’s book creators of today and the past. She is also a member of the blogging team, The Brown Bookshelf (www.thebrownbookshelf.com). Lyons is represented by Caryn Wiseman of Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Find out more at www.kellystarlinglyons.com.
I still remember the book that inspired me to write for children, Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth. It was the first time I saw an African-American girl featured on the cover of a picture book. As I read the story, I was touched in a special way.Growing up, I rarely saw kids who looked like me as the main characters of children’s books. I loved books and treasured every story I read. But after reading Something Beautiful, I knew I had missed something important. Right then, I decided to add my voice.
My mission as a children’s book author is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. I write stories that are often rooted in African-American history and culture, but also show the ways we are more alike than different. At their core, my stories are about relationships between kids and their family members and friends.
I am working on several manuscripts that include nonfiction stories about ground-breaking African-American historical figures and contemporary stories that celebrate children, extended family and connection to home and tradition. I feel blessed to be represented by Caryn Wiseman of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.