Happy Holidays! I appreciate your support of my work. I have such fun sharing my books at schools, libraries, festivals and conferences. At every stop, I meet amazing kids and educators. I always leave feeling inspired.

Sometimes people ask how they can order signed and personalized copies of my books. You can call Quail Ridge Books & Music at 919-828-1588. After I sign your books, they will ship them to you.

My latest book, Hope's Gift, celebrates family and freedom and opens with an enslaved family saying a heartbreaking goodbye on the first Christmas of the Civil War.

Want children's book recommendations? Please check out The Brown Bookshelf and some of my faves here.

Wishing you laughter, peace and lots of love. Thanks for celebrating children's literature.

Happy Reading,



Holidays always make me think of family. One of my favorite memories is making tea cakes with my grandma. Our relationship inspired Tea Cakes for Tosh, illustrated by E.B. Lewis.

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 "Detailed watercolor art pairs precisely with earnest, delicate prose to create a gentle yet substantive picture book . . . A charmer; all that's missing are the hugs."

-- Kirkus

"This sweet one is perfect for the holidays and anytime."

-- Essence

“Kelly Starling Lyons' book is as sweet as the recipe it contains for that all-time favorite, tea cakes . . . A beautiful story with accurate beautiful images telling a delicious morsel of a narrative."

-- Michael W. Twitty,

African and African American Culinary Historian