Shop the Middle School Book Fair:
Sunday: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday - Wednesday: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Buy a gift certificate for a staffer this week so your favorites can shop at The Faculty Tea!
Meet Derrick Barnes!
MKA Middle School (201 Valley Road) | Shop: 12-4pm | Author Speaks: 2pm
Derrick D. Barnes is from Kansas City, MO. He is a graduate of Jackson State University with a BA degree in Marketing. He is the author of the critically acclaimed picture book CROWN: An Ode To The Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books/Agate Bolden) which recently won the 2018 EZRA JACK KEATS AWARD. It was also a HUGE winner at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, taking home FOUR Honor awards: the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Newbery Honor, and the Caldecott Honor.
His first two books were published by Scholastic; Stop Drop and Chill, and The Low Down Bad Day Blues. His first YA novel, The Making of Dr. Truelove was published by Simon Pulse which was recognized by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick For Reluctant Readers. He is also the author of the best selling chapter book series entitled Ruby and the Booker Boys (Scholastic). His 2011 middle grade hardcover classic We Could Be Brothers was rereleased in paperback in 2017 by Just Us Books. Prior to becoming a published author, Derrick wrote best-selling copy for various Hallmark Card lines and was the first African American male staff writer for the company. He is the owner of a creative copy writing company, Say Word Creative Communications. He is also the creator of the popular blog Raising The Mighty, where he ‘chronicles the experience of bringing up four beautiful Black boys in America’. His next book, entitled The King of Kindergarten, will be published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin. Derrick resides in Charlotte, NC with his enchanting wife, Dr. Tinka Barnes and their four sons, Ezra, Solomon, Silas, and Nnamdi (Nom-dee).
Erin Entrada Kelly received the 2018 Newbery Medal for “Hello, Universe,” the 2017 APALA Award for “The Land of Forgotten Girls,” and the 2016 Golden Kite Honor Award for “Blackbird Fly.”
Raised in Louisiana, this New York Times bestselling author now lives in Delaware, near Philadelphia. She is a professor of children’s literature in the graduate fiction and publishing programs at Rosemont College, where she earned her MFA. Erin is mestiza and identifies as Filipina-American. Her mother is Visayan and lives in Cebu, which is why many of Erin’s Filipino characters speak Cebuano rather than Tagalog.
Yesenia was born in the United States to a Dominican father and a Mexican mother. She loves everything about the Spanish language and its culture. Her parents always taught her to embrace her upbringing and they are her inspiration for this book. That’s why “Mis Actividades Favoritas - En Casa” is based on her most familiar place - home. As a mother and an MKA Middle School Spanish Teacher, Yesenia truly believes that introducing any language at an early age is crucial for language development. Students will have the opportunity to buy Yesenia’s book and have it signed on Tuesday, November 6th.
Varian was born in Florence, South Carolina, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BS in Civil Engineering. Later, he received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is now honored to be a member of the faculty. Now Mr Johnson is the author of nine novels, including The Parker Inheritance, which received four starred reviews and was named a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, a Junior Library Guild selection and a Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List pick among other accolades. His middle grade caper novel, The Great Greene Heist, has been named to over twenty-five state reading and best-of lists.
Rita Williams-Garcia was was born to write stories. When she is not working, she is daydreaming or plotting out her next story. Her middle-grade novel One Crazy Summer was a New York Times bestseller, Newbery Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. The sequel, “P.S. Be Eleven,” won the 2014 ALA Coretta Scott King Author Book Award.
Born in Queens, New York, Rita’s father was in the military. She graduated from Hofstra University in 1980, where she studied with Richard Price and Sonya Pilcer. Back home again in Queens, she now lives in Jamaica, New York and teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts.