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Tonya Bolden

Biography

Tonya Bolden

Tonya Bolden is a critically acclaimed award-winning author, co-author and editor of more than two dozen books for young people. They include FINDING FAMILY, which received two starred reviews and was a Kirkus Reviews and Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year; MARITCHA: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl, a Coretta Scott King honor book and James Madison Book Award winner; MLK: Journey of a King, winner of a National Council of Teachers of English Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children; and EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty, an ALSC Notable Children's Book, CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and winner of the NCSS Carter G. Woodson Middle Level Book Award. Tonya also received the Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC's Nonfiction Award.

A Princeton University magna cum laude baccalaureate with a master's degree from Columbia University, Tonya lives in New York City.

Tonya Bolden

Books by Tonya Bolden

by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Tonya Bolden - African American Interest, Children's, Children's 9-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction, Prejudice , Racism

In a stirring account of emancipation, the struggle for citizenship and national reunion, and the advent of racial segregation, the renowned Harvard scholar Professor Gates delivers DARK SKY RISING, a book that is illuminating and timely. Real-life accounts drive the narrative, spanning the half century between the Civil War and Birth of a Nation. Here, you will come face-to-face with the people and events of Reconstruction's noble democratic experiment, its tragic undermining, and the drawing of a new "color line" in the long Jim Crow era that followed.

by Tonya Bolden - African American Interest, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues

Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) is best known for the telling of his own emancipation. But there is much more to Douglass’s story than his time spent enslaved and his famous autobiography. FACING FREDERICK captures the whole complicated, and at times perplexing, person that he was. Statesman, suffragist, writer and newspaperman, this book focuses on Douglass the man rather than the historical icon.

by Tonya Bolden - Children's 6-9, History, Nonfiction

PATHFINDERS is a collective biography of sixteen diverse American men and women of African descent who made their mark on American history in the 18th to 20th centuries. People who dared to dream, take risks, and create goals not only for themselves, but for others and the betterment of their society, too.