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.

Thanks, too, for your great reception of the Jada Jones chapter book series. I love the kind reviews, notes and pictures you've sent and posted.

Great news: Jada Jones: Sleepover Scientist is here! So excited for you to read her third adventure and see the art by rock star illustrators Nneka Myers and Vanessa Brantley Newton. The launch party will be Saturday, January 19 at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. Click for details. You can join the celebration today by spreading the word and sharing the book with a child you know.

I'm also thrilled to announce that I have three more books coming this year - Jada Jones: Dancing Queen and picture books Going Down Home with Daddy and Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations. All are available for pre-order.

Wishing you laughter, peace and lots of love. Thanks so much for supporting my work and celebrating children's literature.

Happy Reading,



Coming in April:

"On reunion morning, we rise before the sun. Daddy hums as he packs our car with suitcases and a cooler full of snacks. He says there’s nothing like going down home.”

In this rich and moving celebration of history, culture, and ritual, Kelly Starling Lyons' eloquent text explores the power of family traditions. Stunning illustrations by Coretta Scott King Honor-winner Daniel Minter reveal the motion and connections in a large, multigenerational family.

Available for pre-order here and here.