Dinah Johnson


Meet Dinah

Dinah Johnson is the author of H IS FOR HARLEM, winner of the 2023 Golden Kite Honor Award for Non-Fiction Text for Younger Readers and the 2023 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for Non-Fiction. Her other recent books are INDIGO DREAMING (HarperCollins, 2022) and IDA B. WELLS MARCHES FOR THE VOTE (Christy Ottaviano Books for Young Readers, 2024). As Dr. Dianne Johnson-Feelings, she teaches courses in Children's and YA Literature and Creative Writing at the University of South Carolina.

Sessions + Events

Critiques + Reviews

  • Manuscript Critique - PB

Creating from the Inside Out--and Sometimes Roundabout - Keynote

Saturday, Sept 21st 10 am - 10:45 am

Knox Auditorium

Creating Non Fiction Picture Books from the Inside Out - Breakout

Sunday, Sept 22nd 9:30 am - 10:30 am


Dinah will use several of her own titles (H is for Harlem, Ida B. Wells Marches for the Vote, and others) to introduce a larger discussion of the creation of nonfiction picture books. Attendees will also examine various subcategories including alphabet books, picture book biographies, and narrative nonfiction, as starting points to discuss strategies for conceptualizing writing unique, engaging books, whether informative or purely entertaining.

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