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Tonya Bolden

“I hope my readers leave my books with a greater love for reading and knowledge-seeking, and also as stronger thinkers, with a more vigorous curiosity.”—Tonya Bolden

Tonya Bolden is the editor of 33 Things Every Girl Should Know, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


As a child I absolutely adored books. I loved the journeys they allowed, what they taught me about the world, how they gave my imagination a workout. The physicality of the book, I loved that too. Still do. As a child I wrote poems and stories just because. As a teen I wrote reams of poetry. In my student life, when it came to papers, writing was never the agony for me that it was for many of my classmates.

“Writing is rewarding on several counts. There’s the learning: As all the books I write require research, I am constantly learning. There’s the clarifying: Through writing I come to terms with and gain insights on my own experience and sensibilities, along with the historical events that have shaped me. On the unselfish level, it is through writing that I am able to teach.

“When as a child I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, most often my response was ‘teacher.’ When I went to graduate school (Columbia University), it was with the idea that I would become a college professor. While there I took a few courses at Teachers College because for a minute I thought perhaps I’d become an elementary or secondary school teacher. In the end, I decided to pursue writing instead. Now, when I look at what the majority of my books are about, I realize that I ended up being a teacher.”

For more information on Tonya Bolden, visit her Web site at www.tonyabolden.com


PRAISE

ROCK OF AGES
A Tribute to the Black Church

“Powerfully written and illustrated, this insightful portrait of an institution that might otherwise be overlooked is one you won’t want to miss.”—Starred, School Library Journal

“A book to read aloud in the classroom, at home, and in Sunday school.”—Starred, Booklist


33 THINGS EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW
Stories, Songs, Poems, and Smart Talk by 33 Extraordinary Women

“Adolescent girls (and many adult women) will find healthy doses of wisdom, humor, cheerleading and inspiration in these 33 works.”—Publishers Weekly


33 THINGS EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WOMEN’S HISTORY
From Suffragettes to Skirt Lengths to the E.R.A.

“The tone throughout is positive and informative, empowering teens with neglected facts about and contributions of women to the history of the United States.”—School Library Journal


Author Bookshelf

33 Things Every Girl Should Know

By: Edited by Tonya Bolden

Natalie Merchant. Sigourney Weaver. Tabitha Soren. Wendy Wasserstein. Rebecca Lobo. Lauren Hutton. Anita Roddick. Lynda Barry. These are among the thirty-three extraordinary women who lend their diverse...

FDR's Alphabet Soup: New Deal America 1932-1939

By: Tonya Bolden

FDR’S New Deal, which followed the 1929 stock market crash, was a hugely influential moment in the history of the United States, encompassing everything from the arts to finance, labor to legislation, and...

Cause

By: Tonya Bolden

After the destruction of the Civil War, the United States faced the immense challenge of rebuilding a ravaged South and incorporating millions of freed slaves into the life of the nation. On April 11, 1865, President...


Take-Off

By: Tonya Bolden

The 1940's was a time when society thought it improper for women to make a sax wail or let loose hot licks on skins, but with the advent of World War II and many men away fighting the war, women finally got their chance to strut...

The Champ

By: Tonya Bolden
illustrated by: R. Gregory Christie

Muhammad Ali is one of the world’s best-known figures, and this incredible biography delves into precisely why. From his unlikely beginnings as a skinny, young Cassius Clay learning to box at a local...

Portraits Of African American Heroes

By: Tonya Bolden

Here, ideal for African-American History Month, is a stunningly beautiful book consisting of portraits-in pictures and words-of twenty outstanding African-Americans. The individuals range from historical...


Up Close W E B Du Bois

By: Tonya Bolden

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, perhaps best known for his seminal work The Souls of Black Folk and as the founding editor of the NAACP?s groundbreaking magazine The Crisis, was ever a soul in motion for justice....

Finding Family

By: Tonya Bolden