Monday, August 3, 2015

A Warm Welcome to Rita Williams-Garcia

We are excited to welcome Rita Williams-Garcia to our outstanding family children's book creators. Marimba Books will publish her picture book Bottle Cap Boys Dancing on Royal Street,  illustrated by Damian Ward, in October 2015. A promotional and marketing campaign will support the release of the book.

Bottle Cap Dancing on Royal Street spotlights the New Orleans tradition of bottle cap dancing, in which Black youngsters, with bottle caps stamped into the sole of their sneakers, dance to entertain and earn money.

Rita is a multiple award-winning author of outstanding YA novels including Like Sisters on the Homefront, P.S. Be Eleven, One Crazy Summer and her recent Gone Crazy in Alabama. She joins outstanding writers such as Sharon Draper, Nikki Grimes, Kelly Starling Lyons, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Camille Yarbrough, Tony Medina, Eleanora E. Tate, Omar Tyree, Denise Patrick, James Haskins and illustrators, George Ford, Floyd Cooper, Nancy Devard, Don Tate, Eric Velazquez, R. Gregory Christie, Brenda Joysmith, Laura Freeman, many others who have been published by Just Us Books and Marimba Books.    

Rita is not only an outstanding writer, but she is also a dear friend. Welcome Rita!     
                                         Picture of Rita Williams-Garcia

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