ANGELA SHELF MEDEARIS was born in Virginia. Her family moved often, though, because her father was in the Air force. She says that each new place, "I knew there would always be a library, a friendly librarian, and my favorite book there to meet me. It made a new school and new friends much easier to deal with." In grade school, Angela's teachers told her that she wrote well. She was thirty years old, however, before she decided to try to earn a living as a writer.
Angela enjoys history, and spends a lot of time researching African-American history for her books. As a bonus, her research often leads to ideas for new books. Among her published books include Annie's Gifts, Poppy's Itchy Christmas, Princess of the Press: The Story of Ida B. Wells Barnett, Rum-A-Tom-Tom, Singing Man, Too Much Talk, The Adventure of Sugar and Junior and Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story.