National Adoption Day always makes me smile. Today is that day. I adopted my first daughter in 2000. My second was in 2002. In South Florida where my children were adopted, both adoptions were finalized on National Adoption Day in separate courthouses. We sat in a judge's chambers around a large table along with over … Continue reading ADOPTION IS A GOOD THING
National Book Award long list nominee I’ve had a fantastic few weeks! Thanks to my publisher, Bloomsbury, I had a multi-city book tour that gave me lots of exposure and allowed me to visit kids’ schools in three states. Amazing! Also, there was the little matter of being recognized along with nine other nationally recognized … Continue reading This is my Exodus
ART/SHERRI WINSTON Black Millionaires from America's History Black Americans were able to succeed despite harsh realities--before, during and after the Civil War. These pioneers should be remembered, not for their fortunes but their tenacity and drive. They remind us all to never give up. Keep trying, keep fighting, just keep going, and maybe someday you … Continue reading What do you think about that?
ART/Sherri Winston Millionaires of the Past MARY ELLEN PLEASANT—solemn housemaid to self-made millionaire. She worked as a housemaid and cookInvestments were her passionshe eavesdropped on high-flying white businessmen who never suspected a black woman could understand their important talks about money, property, valuation and stockMary Ellen and a partner bought laundries, dairies and even owned … Continue reading What do you think about that?
Celebrate life Grief feels so lonely. However, thanks to all the beautiful understanding since the Nov. 6 death of my daughter, I can truly say I do not feel alone. In November of 2000, I sat in a large, crowded judge’s conference room and felt my insides quiver as I heard the banging of her … Continue reading About Lauren
THANK YOU, INDIANA, FOR RECOGNIZING ONE COOL SPY Jada Sly, Artist and Spy has been flying below the radar, but she is ready for her closeup. This little secret agent doesn't work for some secretive government program for kids. She's the 10-year-old daughter of an American working for the state department in France, and a … Continue reading JADA SLY, ARTIST AND SPY
Max the dog./S.Winston B&N Summer reading program continues. So many great books so little time! Young readers grades 1-6 can earn a free book through the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading program! Learn more: https://bit.ly/BNSummerReadingJournal #BNSummerReading While I’m proud that my book, President of the Whole Fifth Grade is on the list, I know there … Continue reading IS YOUR CHILD READING READY?
Author Sherri Winston, excited for the future./JC Penny photo I’ve never been one to make a big to do over my birthday. Even as a kid I remained low-key on the subject. As long as my mom made me a banana cake with cream frosting, I was good. Recent world events have changed my mind. … Continue reading IT’S BIRTHDAY WEEK
Happy Black History Month. Take a look at another book featuring African American protagonists in a strong and positive way.
..."pain" doesn't have to hurt, it just has to taste good because means bread.
Only 20 days until it's "sayornara." Um, I meant to say, “au revoir!"
On Tuesday, Feb. 6, my nephew and I watched history being made when SpaceX launched into outer space. Daelyn, my nephew, is a 17-year-old high school junior. I’ve been telling that boy he was a natural-born engineer since he was seven or eight. Did he listen to me? Noooo! Then along comes Elon Musk. Now … Continue reading History Is Made