Thank you for visiting my website. I appreciate your support of my work. I have such fun sharing my books at schools, libraries, festivals and conferences. At every stop, I meet amazing kids and educators. I always leave feeling inspired.

I'm thrilled to share that my Jada Jones chapter book series debuts in September. It's published by Penguin Workshop and illustrated by the amazing Vanessa Brantley Newton. We're having two launch parties to welcome Jada to the world. Here are details for the Saturday, September 30 party at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. Here are details for the Sunday, October 1 party at Park Road Books in Charlotte. Want to order a signed and personalized copy and can't attend? Click on either link and order by phone. After I sign them, the bookstore will ship the books to you.

Wishing you laughter, peace and lots of love. Thanks for celebrating children's literature.

Happy Reading,



Growing up, I loved hanging out with grandma. One of my favorite memories is helping her make tea cakes. Our relationship inspired Tea Cakes for Tosh, illustrated by E.B. Lewis.

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 "Detailed watercolor art pairs precisely with earnest, delicate prose to create a gentle yet substantive picture book . . . A charmer; all that's missing are the hugs."

-- Kirkus

"This sweet one is perfect for the holidays and anytime."

-- Essence

“Kelly Starling Lyons' book is as sweet as the recipe it contains for that all-time favorite, tea cakes . . . A beautiful story with accurate beautiful images telling a delicious morsel of a narrative."

-- Michael W. Twitty,

African and African American Culinary Historian