Kelly Starling Lyons
|Kelly Starling Lyons|
Kelly Starling Lyons is a writer and children's book author. She is also one of the founding members of the blog The Brown Bookshelf, which is aimed at young African-American readers and features book reviews and author and illustrator interviews.
As an adult, she read the book Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth, which was the first time she had seen an African-American girl featured on the cover of a picture book. This inspired her to start writing fiction books for children that would feature African-American lead characters.
Lyons makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Lyons’ has written five books for children, which focus on aspects of African American history and culture.
- NEATE: Eddie’s Ordeal, a title in their NEATE chapter book series, tells the story of relationship between a thirteen-year-old African-American boy who loves to play basketball and his civil rights veteran dad.
- One Million Men and Me was published by Just Us Books in 2007. Illustrated by Peter Ambush, it was inspired by her memories of attending the Million Man March.
- Hope's Gift, illustrated by Don Tate, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
- Teacakes for Tosh was illustrated by E. B. Lewis.
- Ellen’s Broom, illustrated by Daniel Minter, was inspired by a document that author saw while researching family history in Rockingham County, NC and Henry County, VA.
- Gillis, Stacy (February 20, 2013). "Author Kelly Starling Lyons says family struggles reflected in her books". The Fayetteville Observer.
- "27 Views of Raleigh". News Observer. September 1, 2013.
- "Each One Teach One: Interview with Kelly Starling Lyons". Writer Metamorphosis. June 16, 2012.
- "Interview with Kelly Starling Lyons". Blogcritics.org. August 12, 2011.