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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Darwin McBeth Walton  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1926 in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Illinois Connection

Walton lives in Lombard, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Darwin McBeth Walton grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Johnson C. Smith University, The Chicago Conservatory of Music, then, in 1973 earned her Master Degree from National-Louis University in Chicago. That same year her first book, "What Color Are You?" was published. It was named a landmark book by the Chicago Historical Society. "Dance, Kayla!", Walton's first middle-grade novel, was named a best book of the year by Banks Street College. Walton brings music and twenty years of public school teaching to her reading and writing audience.Walton is a participant in the "Author in the Schools" and the "Open Book" after school programs in the Chicago inner-city, she is a frequent visitor to classrooms and libraries throughout the Chicago Metropolitan area.

Selected Titles At Your Library

What color are you?
ISBN: 0874850452. OCLC Number:

Johnson Pub. Co.. Chicago,. [1973]

Describes the purpose of skin and the cause of various skin colors. Discusses the fact that skin color has no effect on basic human needs and feelings.

Dance, Kayla! /
ISBN: 0807514535. OCLC Number:

Albert Whitman,. Morton Grove, IL :. 1998.

Brown-skinned, green-eyed Kayla uses her dancing to help deal with her plight when her grandmother's death and the continued absence of her dancer father cause her to leave her farm and live in Chicago with relatives.

Kwanzaa /
ISBN: 0817255613. OCLC Number:

Raintree Steck-Vaughn,. Austin, Tex. :. ©1999.

Discusses the origins and symbols of Kwanzaa, the holiday that focuses on African American history, culture, and experiences, and offers suggestions for ways to celebrate this holiday.


"What Color Are You?" Landmark Book by the Chicago Historical Society "Dance, Kayla!", Best Book of the Year by Banks Street College

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