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Being a Black kid in an elite school is not easy, but it’s a privilege. It is a path to “success.” What kind of success, though? And what price do you have to pay for it?

Featured in People Magazine
as a must-read for fall 2023

An electric debut; a must-read for all.”
Kirkus, starred review

Forthcoming Books

Step on Board: Sculpting a Memorial to Harriet Tubman

(Knopf, 2025)
Illustrated by Ekua Holmes

The daughter of a sculptor watches her mother puzzle through designing a work of art that honors the life of an American heroine.

Based on my experience watching my mother, the late sculptor Fern Cunningham-Terry, sculpt Boston’s first memorial to a woman on city property, this picture book combines the stories of Harriet Tubman’s life, an artist’s journey, and a child’s inspiration.

Answered Prayers


This nonfiction picture book is a lyrical introduction to the presence, resistance, resilience and influence of Muslims of African descent in the Americas.

Books I have acquired and edited at Barefoot Books

  • COPY THAT, COPY CAT! INVENTIONS INSPIRED BY ANIMALS, written by Katrina Tangen, illustrated by Giulia Orecchia
  • AYO’S ADVENTURE: ACROSS THE AFRICAN DIASPORA FROM AFRO TO ZULU, written by Ain Heath Drew, illustrations by Erin K Robinson (forthcoming fall 2024)