ABOUT MARIE BRADBY
Freelance journalist and children’s author, Marie Bradby, has written many books for young readers, including, “More Than Anything Else,” (A Richard Jackson Book/Orchard), winner of the IRA Award and an ALA Notable book, as well as a Teacher’s Choice Award. Her works include the middle-grade novel, “Some Friend,” and her latest picture book, “All Aboard! The Belle of Louisville.” Ms. Bradby lives in Louisville, KY and has an adult son. She writes for Today’s Woman Magazine, specializing in profiles to empower readers in their personal lives and careers. Her freelance work has taken her around the world, giving her the opportunity to write about children in a rural Gurukulam primary school north of Pondicherry, India; to travel in the Amazon jungle along the tributaries of the Amazon River outside of Manaus, Brazil; and to visit the slave castles of Ghana.
I began writing for children after the birth of my son to provide him with books featuring stories about children of color. “More Than Anything Else” tells the fictionalized story of nine-year-old Booker T. Washington, who works in a saltworks with his father and brother just after the Civil War, but wants to learn to read. Golden Kite Honor Award winner, “Momma, Where Are You From?” is a mother’s surprising answer to her daughter’s question which reaches back to a time of singing fish peddlers, ballgames on the radio, family fish fries, and schools where all the children were brown. The book tells the rich story of childhood set against the backdrop of segregation. “All Aboard! The Belle of Louisville,” the Kentucky state selection for the National Book Festival in 2014, celebrates the 100th birthday of America’s beloved steamboat and the many diverse children and adults who hop on for a ride up the Ohio River to celebrate birthdays, good report cards, the end of school, and love.