Teacher-turned-author, Hooks has written fiction and nonfiction for children, sharing stories about pets, friendship, and family. Her picture book biography, Tiny Stitches-The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, is an NAACP Image Award. Gwendolyn is caught reading The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson.
The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers. A leader in the children’s book diversity movement, they were the 2019 winners of the CBC Diversity Outstanding Achievement Award, a partner of the Children’s Book Council on book lists and program sponsorships, and, now, an Every Child a Reader and Get Caught Reading partner. You can read more about the members of The Brown Bookshelf here.