Derrick Barnes, an award-winning children’s book author, will visit the Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork, located in Walkertown, North Carolina, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, to celebrate children’s books and children’s writing. The visit is the capstone experience of the Academy’s Young Author’s Week.
Barnes is the author of nine children’s books, most recently, the award-winning picture book, CROWN: An Ode To The Fresh Cut. He is also the winner of the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Book Award, as well as the recipient of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award and a Newbery Honor Award. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and four sons.
About his books, Barnes said, “I write for the hundreds of thousands of Black children who are desperately in need of positive imagery, protagonists that mirror themselves, and stories that lift up their spirits and provide hope.”
“I write for the hundreds of thousands of Black children who are desperately in need of positive imagery, protagonists that mirror themselves, and stories that lift up their spirits and provide hope.”
Barnes’ positive imagery is why the Academy’s leadership team invited him to visit the school and engage with the students.
According to Dr. Beth Frye, professor of reading education in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education in Appalachian’s Reich College of Education (RCOE) and member of the Academy’s leadership team, we invited Barnes because “through culturally relevant pedagogy, we seek ways to more authentically involve students in their learning and to affirm their identities and experiences.”
This event is sponsored by the Uberto Price Endowment for the Reich College of Education Reading Program and the Department of Reading Education and Special Education in Appalachian’s RCOE. For additional information please contact Dr. Beth Frye.
The cover art of Derrick Barnes' award-winning book, CROWN: An Ode To The Fresh Cut. Artwork submitted
About Derrick Barnes
Derrick D. Barnes is from Kansas City, MO. He is a graduate of Jackson State University with a BA degree in Marketing. He is the author of the critically acclaimed picture book CROWN: An Ode To The Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books/Agate Bolden) which won a multitude of literary awards, making it one of the most decorated picture books in the history of children’s literature. The awards/prizes include two 2018 EZRA JACK KEATS AWARDS (one for New Writer and an honor for the magnificent illustrations). It was also a HUGE winner at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, taking home FOUR Honor awards: the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Newberry Honor, and the Caldecott Honor. In October of 2018, CROWN also took home the lucrative and highly coveted Kirkus Prize For Young Readers.
His first two books were published by Scholastic in 2004; Stop Drop and Chill, and The Low Down Bad Day Blues. His first YA novel, The Making of Dr. Truelove was published by Simon Pulse in 2007 and was recognized by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick For Reluctant Readers. He is also the author of the best selling chapter book series entitled Ruby and the Booker Boys (Scholastic). His 2011 middle-grade hardcover classic We Could Be Brothers was re-released in paperback in 2017 by Just Us Books. Prior to becoming a published author, Derrick wrote best-selling copy for various Hallmark Card lines and was the first African American male staff writer for the company. His next book, entitled The King of Kindergarten, will be published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin in the Spring of 2019. Derrick resides in Charlotte, NC with his enchanting wife, Dr. Tinka Barnes and their four sons, Ezra, Solomon, Silas, and Nnamdi (Nom-dee).
About the Department of Reading Education and Special Education
The Department of Reading Education and Special Education offers innovative programs focusing on all facets of reading, writing, language arts and specific areas of special education. The Anderson Reading Clinic provides direct services to children with reading disabilities.
About the Reich College of Education
Appalachian offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 500 teachers a year. The Reich College of Education enrolls approximately 2,400 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. With so many teacher education graduates working in the state, there is at least one RCOE graduate teaching in every county in North Carolina.
Contributed by Beth Frye