tophat Darwin McBeth Walton

Darwin McBeth Walton grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Johnson C. Smith University, The Chicago Conservatory of Music, then, in 1973 earned her Master Degree from National-Louis University - A banner year because that same year her first book, WHAT COLOR ARE YOU? was published. It was named a landmark book by the Chicago Historical Society. DANCE, KAYLA! Walton's first middle-grade novel was named a best book of the year by Banks Street College.

Walton brings music and twenty years of public school teaching to her reading and writing audience. As an AUTHOR IN THE SCHOOLS program and the OPEN BOOK after school program in Chicago inner-city, she is a frequent visitor to classrooms and libraries throughout the Chicago Metropolitan area. Her books include: OVERCOMING CHALLENGES, a biography of Astronaut Charles F. Bolden; KWANZAA, A World of Holidays; NANA'S KITCHEN; Two Underground Railroad books, THEY WALKED WITH COURAGE; JETTY'S JOURNEY; Early readers, PART OF MY FAMILY; FAMILIES ARE SPECIAL.

"I enjoy using drama and music in my presentations. "Kids (young and old) especially love the drumming. There is music in all good writing, prose as well as poetry. Great writers feel the big beat underneath their writing. They know that when you lose the rhythm, you lose the reader."

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