Kelly Starling Lyons is a founding member of The Brown Bookshelf, teaching artist and award-winning children’s book author.

Her mission is to center Black heroes, celebrate family, friendship and heritage and show all kids the stories they hold inside. She has written more than two dozen books for young readers that span from easy readers to picture books and chapter books. Among her acclaimed titles are Caldecott Honor winner Going Down Home with Daddy, Geisel Honor Award recipient, Ty’s Travels: Zip, Zoom, Christopher Award winner Tiara’s Hat Parade and Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice & Sing Inspired Generations and My Hands Tell a Story, Bank Street Best books. Kelly is the author of the popular Jada Jones and Miles Lewis chapter book series. She lives in Raleigh and was named to Good Morning America’s 2021 Inspiration List: Who’s Making Black History. Find out more at