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. It's published by Penguin Workshop and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton. I love the kind reviews, notes and pictures you've shared.

Great news: Book 3 is on the way! Jada Jones: Sleepover Scientist debuts January 8. It's available for pre-order through bookstores, the publisher and online booksellers. The rock star illustrators are Nneka Myers and Vanessa Brantley Newton.

Do you dream of writing a children's book of your own? Let me help you on your journey. I'm offering my occasional workshop, So You Want to Write a Children's Book this summer.

More information here.

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