Debbi Newton Chocolate
Pen Name: Debbi Chocolate
Born: 1954 in Chicago, Illinois
Chocolate was born in Chicago and currently resides in Wheaton.
Biographical and Professional Information
Debbi is a popular children's author whose books include Imani in the Belly, Pigs Can Fly, The Piano Man, Kente Colors and A very Special Kwanzaa. Her work has appeared in Essence, Black Scholar, Publishers Weekly and USA Today.
Chocolate is a graduate of Spelman College and Brown University. She is a former children's book editor and faculty member at Columbia College in Chicago. She has been featured on both Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow.
- Kwanzaa, Children`s Press, 1990
- My First Kwanzaa Book, Scholastic Books, 1992
- Neate to the Rescue, Just Us Books, 1992
- Spider and the Sky God, Troll Books, 1993
- Talk, Talk, An Ashanti Legend, Troll Books, 1993
- Elizabeth`s Wish, Just Us Books, 1994
- Imani in the Belly, Bridgewater Books, 1994
- On the Day I was Born, Scholastic Books, 1995
- Keesha and the Family Party, McMillan, 1995
- A Very Special Kwanzaa, Scholastic Books, 1996
- Kente Colors, Walker Books for Children, 1997
- The Piano Man, Walker & Company, 1998
- Biddy Mason: The Open Hand, McGraw hill, 2000
- Pigs Can Fly!: The Adventures of Harriet Pig and Friends, Cricket Books, 2004
- El Barrio, Henry Holt, 2009
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Kwanzaa (Easy Reading Holiday Books)
Release Date: 1990-07
My First Kwanzaa Book
Release Date: 1999-10-01
Imani in the Belly
Release Date: 1996-02
Keesha and the Family Party (Reasons for Reading Collection A)
Release Date: 1995
Coretta Scott King Award and John Steptoe New Talent Award for The Piano Man
Parents' Choice Award for Talk, Talk
Her books have won a Parents' Choice Award, Minssesota Book Award and been selected one of the American Library Association's Top 100 books.
Debbi was honored at the 2005 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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