A former elementary school teacher, Baptiste is the NTY bestselling author of Minecraft: The Crash and her series, a Junior Library Guild Selection, The Jumbies. She is a faculty member at the MFA Creative Writing program at Lesley University. Tracey is caught reading The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin.
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.