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. She has written more than a dozen books for young readers that span from easy readers to picture books and chapter books. Her acclaimed titles include One Million Men and Me, Ellen’s Broom, Tea Cakes for Tosh, Hope’s Gift, One More Dino on the Floor, A Girl Named Misty, Going Down Home with Daddy, Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice & Sing Inspired Generations and the Jada Jones chapter book series. 

    Lyons lives in Raleigh 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 founding member of The Brown Bookshelf (www.thebrownbookshelf.com). Lyons is represented by Caryn Wiseman of Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Find out more at www.kellystarlinglyons.com.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • 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 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.

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