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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Debbi Newton Chocolate  

Pen Name: Debbi Chocolate

Genre:

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1954 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Debbi Chocolate on The Brown Bookshelf -- http://thebrownbookshelf.com/2012/02/13/day-13-debbi-chocolate/
-- Website -- http://debbichocolate.com/
-- Debbi Chocolate on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=debbi+chocolate


Illinois Connection

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.


Awards

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

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Selected Titles At Your Library

A very special Kwanzaa /
ISBN: 0590848623. OCLC Number: 35845166

Scholastic, Inc.,. .

Charlie's school is holding a Kwanzaa festival, and he doesn't want to be any part of it because last year he was made fun of when he participated. But Charlie soon learns that Kwanzaa is a celebration of creativity and caring, of family and friends, that Kwanzaa can be a pretty special time-- for everyone.

Biddy Mason :
ISBN: 0021477248. OCLC Number: 51338596

McGraw-Hill School Division,. .

El barrio /
ISBN: 0805074570. OCLC Number: 226984553

Henry Holt,. .

A young boy explores his vibrant Latino neighborhood, with its vegetable gardens instead of lawns, Nativity parades, quinceaǹƒera parties, and tejana and salsa music.

Elizabeth's wish
ISBN: 1590191560. OCLC Number: 62218773

Ipicturebooks.com,. .

Elizabeth wants to enter a local talent competition. Can she handle the possibility of not winning? And if she does win, should she keep the prize money or contribute it to charity?

Elizabeth's wish /
ISBN: 0940975459. OCLC Number: 30867692

Just Us Books,. .

Elizabeth wants to enter a local talent competition. Can she handle the possibility of not winning? And if she does win, should she keep the prize money or contribute it to charity?

Imani in the belly /
ISBN: 0816734674. OCLC Number: 29427897

BridgeWater Books,. .

Imani's faith helps her save herself and her children from the belly of the King of Beasts.

Keesha and the family party /
ISBN: 0026862425. OCLC Number: 773254075

SRA,. .

Kente colors /
ISBN: 0780785886. OCLC Number: 812016313

Perfection Learning,. .

A rhyming description of the kente cloth costumes of the Ashanti and Ewe people of Ghana and a portrayal of the symbolic colors and patterns.

My first Kwanzaa book /
ISBN: 0439129265. OCLC Number: 25316259

Scholastic,. .

Introduces Kwanzaa, the holiday in which Afro-Americans celebrate their cultural heritage.

NEATE to the rescue!
ISBN: 1590191536. OCLC Number: 62216174

Ipicturebooks.com,. .

NEATE to the rescue! /
ISBN: 0940975424. OCLC Number: 27240987

Just Us Books,. .

When dirty politics occurs during Naimah's mother's campaign for city council, Naimah and her four friends join together to help save the election.

Pigs can fly! :
ISBN: 0812627067. OCLC Number: 52970754

[Cricket Books],. .

In four stories, Harriet Pig realizes her dream to fly, helps a friend overcome a fear of heights, trains for a swim race against a boastful goose, and more than repays the mouse who saved her life.

Spider and the Sky God :
ISBN: 0816728127. OCLC Number: 25746999

Troll Associates,. .

Ananse the Spider uses trickery to capture the four prizes demanded by the Sky God in payment for his stories.

Talk, talk :
ISBN: 0816728186. OCLC Number: 25747004

Troll Associates,. .

A simple farmer is startled when first a yam and then a dog, a tree, and a stone talk to him.

The piano man
ISBN: 0606178864. OCLC Number: 757694222

Walker,. .

A young African-American girl recalls the life story of her grandfather who performed in vaudeville and played piano for the silent movies.

The piano man /
ISBN: 0802775780. OCLC Number: 44127755

Walker and Co.,. .

A young Afro-American girl recalls the life story of her grandfather who performed in vaudeville and played piano for the silent movies.