ABOUT DEBRA SCALA GIOKAS

  • 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. 

ARTIST STATEMENT

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