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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.

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Titles At Your Library

What Color Are You? (An Ebony Jr.! Book)
ISBN: 0874850452

Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.. 1974

A book that defines “color” for the intermediary grade child, using brief rhythmic text, a glossary of terms, and more than 60 photographs in full color. The significance and the insignificance of color are brought out in rich imaginative treatment, based on scientific data. A book which can teach an important lesson in social studies.

Dance, Kayla
ISBN: 0807514535

Albert Whitman & Company. 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 (World of Holidays)
ISBN: 0817255613

Heinemann/Raintree. 1998

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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