I'm a little behind in letting you know that last month two books that I've worked on have been published!

The first, 'One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance,' published by Bloomsbury, is a book with a collection of poetry that takes a look at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance by combining their work with the original poetry by the award-winning author Nikki Grimes. It also includes original artwork by fourteen talented illustrators including one by the author, and of course one by yours truly!

The second, 'Beacon to Freedom: The Story of a Conductor on the Underground Railroad' is a nonfiction picture book about the Reverend John Rankin who is credited with providing safety through the Underground Railroad to more than 2,000 runaway slaves.  Published by Capstone and written by Miss Jenna Glatzer, another award-winning author, this story gives recognition to a courageous abolitionist who bravely guided runaways across the Ohio River with a light in his window, giving them hope in a time of great fear and danger. 

I'm glad to have had the opportunity to work on these two books and learn so much more about the history of the Harlem Renaissance and the Underground Railroad.  I've even developed a fondness of poetry and a greater interest in American history because of them.  Now I hope that these historical stories will be as inspiring for you and other young readers as they were for me.