Pen Name: None
Born: 1971 in Chicago, Illinois
The Brown Bookshelf Website: https://thebrownbookshelf.com/2010/02/05/natasha-tarpley/
Tarpley is a resident of the Historic Pullman neighborhood in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional Information
Natasha Tarpley writes fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. She is best known, however, for her diverse children's books that include the award-winning bestseller I Love My Hair. She has also co-edited an anthology of writings by African American girls ages 12 - 19, What I Know is Me and edited, Testimony: Young African-Americans on Self-Discovery and Black Identity. Tarpley is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Thurber House and the Illinois Arts Council.
A former reporter for Fortune magazine, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Essence, the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post, as well as many literary journals. With her mother, she founded Voonderbar! Productions, LLC, a multimedia children's entertainment company that produces multicultural books for children of all ages.
- Girl in the Mirror: Three Generations of Black Women in Motion, Beacon Press, 1999 - reprinted by Voonderbar! Productions in 2013
- I Love My Hair!, Little, Brown Books, 2001 - reprinted in 2003
- Bippity-Bop Barbershop, Little, Brown Books, 2002 - reprinted in 2009
- Joe-Joe's First Flight, Knopf, 2008
- Destiny's Gift, Lee and Low, 2004
- The Princess and the Frog: Princess Tiana and the Royal Ball, Disney Press, 2009
- Selma Takes the Stage, Voonderbar! Books, 2016
- The Harlem Charade, Scholastic, 2017
Titles at Your Library
Girl in the Mirror: Three Generations of Black Women in Motion (Bluestreak)
Release Date: 1999-05-01
I Love My Hair!
Release Date: 2003-11
Bippity Bop Barbershop
Release Date: 2002-02-01
Release Date: 2004-10
Selma Takes the Stage (The Geek Goddesses) (Volume 1)
Release Date: 2016-10-30
- Starred Review, Booklist
I Love My Hair!
- Children's Book of the Year Award, BlackBoard, 1999
The Harlem Charade
- Starred Review, Kirkus
- Washington DC, Commission for the Arts Larry Neal Award for Poetry
- Natasha 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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