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Tonya Bolden

Tonya Bolden is a Top 100 AALBC.com Bestselling Author Making Our List 4 Times

Tonya Bolden, a Princeton University magna cum laude baccalaureate with a master’s degree from Columbia University, is an award-winning author of more than twenty books for the young. They include Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl, a Coretta Scott King honor book and James Madison Book Award winner. Bolden’s MLK: Journey of a King received the National Council of Teachers of English’s 2008 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. High praise for her George Washington Carver include a Virginia Library AssociationJefferson Cup and a Cleveland Public Library Sugarman Award.

Booklist applauded Bolden’s FDR’s Alphabet Soup: New Deal America, 1932–1939 as a “lively look back.” Said the The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books of Soup: “If the very thought of political history strikes kids as dry and a mouthful of saltiness, they haven’t encountered Bolden’s charged pacing and jazzed text, which reads like a passionate witty teacher talking from the heart.”  Bolden’s Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty is an ALA Notable Book winner.

When Bolden isn’t writing she can be found gardening (if it’s not too hot or too cold) or watching period dramas (if it is) or laughing and learning with family or friends or with both.

Learn more at Tonya Bolden’s official website


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