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Renee Watson

Biography

Renee Watson

RENÉE WATSON has worked as a teaching-artist for more than 10 years, teaching creative writing and theater to elementary, middle, and high school students. She also uses writing and drama therapy to work with youth and adults. Renée lives in New York, NY.

Renee Watson

Books by Renee Watson

by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renee Watson - Children's, Children's 10-14, Fiction, Historical Fiction

In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Betty’s house doesn’t quite feel like home. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. The singing, the preaching, the speeches from guest activists like Paul Robeson and Thurgood Marshall stir African Americans in her community to stand up for their rights. Betty quickly finds confidence and purpose in volunteering for the Housewives League, an organization that supports black-owned businesses. Soon, the American civil rights icon we now know as Dr. Betty Shabazz is born.

written by Renee Watson, illustrated by Shadra Strickland - Children's, Picture

Adrienne, Keesha, Michael, and Tommy have been friends for forever. They live on the same street—a street in New Orleans where everyone knows everybody. They play together all day long, every chance they get. It's always been that way. But then people start talking about a storm headed straight for New Orleans. The kids must part ways, since each family deals with Hurricane Katrina in a different manner. And suddenly everything that felt like home is gone.

written by Renee Watson, illustrated by Christian Robinson - Children's, Children's Nonfiction, Nonfiction

Lesser known singer of the Harlem Renaissance, Florence Mills knew early on that she loved to sing. Her dancing and singing catapulted her all the way to the stages of 1920s Broadway where she inspired songs and even entire plays.