• DEBRA SCALA GIOKAS writes children’s nonfiction about women in American History. She is the Marketing and Communications Director of a large Long Island law firm. She is the author of a picture book about American fashion designer, Claire McCardell, as well as a companion coloring book. Published by Chandelier Street, the books are entitled CLAIRE: The little girl who climbed to the top and changed the women dress; and CLAIRE’S CLOSET, respectively. Her latest book, LADIES, FIRST: COMMON THREADS, was published on June, 2, 2022, in celebration of National First Ladies Day. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she earned her BA in English from Stony Brook University and was a participant in the 2017 Southampton Writers Conference, completing a picture book workshop with Emma Walton Hamilton. Debra is an award-winning communicator and has spoken to various trade associations and organizations throughout her career and now speaks at museums, libraries and historical societies about the first ladies and their needlework. 


  • Children need love…and they need books. And by learning about history, they gain perspective.