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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Camille Yarbrough  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1934 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Yarbrough was born and raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Camille Yarbrough is an American musician, singer, actress, poet, activist, dancer, college teacher, radio host, television producer and author.

Published Works

  • Cornrows, Coward, McCann, & Geoghegan, 1979
  • The Shimmershine Queens, G. P. Putnam's, 1989
  • Tamika and the Wisdom Rings , Random House, 1994
  • Little Tree Growing in the Shade , G. P. Putnam's, 1996

Selected Titles At Your Library

Cornrows /
ISBN: 0698114361. OCLC Number:

Putnam & Grosset Group,. New York :. 1997, ©1979.

Explains how the hair style of cornrows, a symbol in Africa since ancient times, can today in this country symbolize the courage of outstanding Afro-Americans.

The shimmershine queens /
ISBN: 0698113691. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's,. New York :. ©1989.

Two fifth graders try to uplift themselves and their classmates out of a less than beautiful urban present by encouraging dreams and the desire to achieve them.

Tamika and the wisdom rings /
ISBN: 094097567X. OCLC Number:

Just Us Books,. East Orange, NJ :. ©2004.

Tamika finds strength in her family, her friends, and herself as she copes with the murder of her father by drug dealers.

The modern ark :
ISBN: 0399212043. OCLC Number:

Putnam,. New York :. ©1995.

Tells about work being done by zoos in the U.S. to breed endangered species in capitivity, in hopes of restoring them to the wild.


  • Coretta Scott King Award ,
  • Cornrows

  • Parents Choice Award,
  • Summershine Queens

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    The author welcomes speaking engagements from schools, colleges, cultural groups and institutions.