Derrick D. Barnes is the author of the critically acclaimed picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books/Agate Bolden) which recently won the 2018 Erza Jack Keats award.

It was also a huge winner at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, taking home 4 awards: the Coretta Scott King Author honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator honor, Newberry honor, and the Caldecott honor.

He is also the author of the best selling chapter book series entitled Ruby and the Booker Boys (Scholastic). His 2011middle-grade hardcover classic We Could Be Brothers was re-released in paperback in 2017 by Just Us Books.

Prior to becoming a published author, Derrick wrote best-selling copy for various Hallmark Card lines and was the first African American male staff writer for the company.


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