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Kelly Starling Lyons

Kelly Starling Lyons is a founding member of The Brown Bookshelf. Her acclaimed picture books include Ellen’s BroomGoing Down Home with Daddy, and Sing a Song: How "Lift Every Voice and Sing" Inspired Generations. She was named the 2021 Piedmont Laureate.

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Ty's Travels: All Aboard! (My First I Can Read) Cover Image
By Kelly Starling Lyons, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780062951076
Availability: On our shelves
Published: HarperCollins - September 1st, 2020

A Geisel Honor-winning series!  "Both an excellent book for guided reading and a winning read-aloud." —Kirkus (starred review)


Ty's Travels: All Aboard! (My First I Can Read) Cover Image
By Kelly Starling Lyons, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780062951076
Availability: On our shelves
Published: HarperCollins - September 1st, 2020

A Geisel Honor-winning series!  "Both an excellent book for guided reading and a winning read-aloud." —Kirkus (starred review)


Ty's Travels: Zip, Zoom! (My First I Can Read) Cover Image
By Kelly Starling Lyons, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062951106
Availability: On our shelves
Published: HarperCollins - September 1st, 2020

A 2021 Geisel Honor Book! 

Ty can’t wait to ride his brand-new scooter at the park. Other kids zip and zoom by like race cars, but all Ty can do is wobble! Ty wants to give up, but a new friend helps Ty give it another try.


Ty's Travels: Zip, Zoom! (My First I Can Read) Cover Image
By Kelly Starling Lyons, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780062951090
Availability: On our shelves
Published: HarperCollins - September 1st, 2020

A 2021 Geisel Honor Book! 

Ty can’t wait to ride his brand-new scooter at the park. Other kids zip and zoom by like race cars, but all Ty can do is wobble! Ty wants to give up, but a new friend helps Ty give it another try.


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Ty’s Travels: Beach Day! (My First I Can Read) Cover Image
By Kelly Starling Lyons, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062951144
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Published: HarperCollins - May 25th, 2021

A Geisel Honor-winning series! Author Kelly Starling Lyons selected as the 2021 Piedmont Laureate! 


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Ty’s Travels: Beach Day! (My First I Can Read) Cover Image
By Kelly Starling Lyons, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780062951137
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Published: HarperCollins - May 25th, 2021

A Geisel Honor-winning series! Author Kelly Starling Lyons selected as the 2021 Piedmont Laureate! 


Rock Star #1 (Jada Jones #1) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780448487519
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Penguin Workshop - September 19th, 2017

Fans of Princess Posey and Ivy and Bean will enjoy engaging with science-loving Jada Jones in this easy-to-read chapter book.


Class Act #2 (Jada Jones #2) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780451534279
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Penguin Workshop - September 19th, 2017

Fans of Princess Posey and Ivy and Bean will enjoy rooting for Jada Jones as she runs for student council in this easy-to-read chapter book.


Sleepover Scientist #3 (Jada Jones #3) Cover Image
By Kelly Starling Lyons, Nneka Myers (Illustrator), Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781524790554
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Penguin Workshop - January 8th, 2019

Jada Jones is back for the third book of this popular, celebrated series perfect for STEM fans!


Dancing Queen #4 (Jada Jones #4) Cover Image
By Kelly Starling Lyons, Nneka Myers (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781524790585
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Penguin Workshop - June 25th, 2019

Jada Jones is back for the fourth book of this popular, celebrated series perfect for STEM fans!

"Readers who love Ivy and Bean or Katie Woo will want to meet Jada Jones." --School Library Journal


Dancing Queen #4 (Jada Jones #4) Cover Image
By Kelly Starling Lyons, Nneka Myers (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781524790592
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Penguin Workshop - June 25th, 2019

Jada Jones is back for the fourth book of this popular, celebrated series perfect for STEM fans!

"Readers who love Ivy and Bean or Katie Woo will want to meet Jada Jones." --School Library Journal


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Sky Watcher #5 (Jada Jones #5) Cover Image
By Kelly Starling Lyons, Nneka Myers (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593226476
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Published: Penguin Workshop - November 9th, 2021

Jada Jones is back for the fifth book of this popular, celebrated series perfect for STEM fans!

"Readers who love Ivy and Bean or Katie Woo will want to meet Jada Jones." --School Library Journal


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Sky Watcher #5 (Jada Jones #5) Cover Image
By Kelly Starling Lyons, Nneka Myers (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780593226469
Availability: Coming soon - PRE-ORDER NOW!
Published: Penguin Workshop - November 9th, 2021

Jada Jones is back for the fifth book of this popular, celebrated series perfect for STEM fans!

"Readers who love Ivy and Bean or Katie Woo will want to meet Jada Jones." --School Library Journal


Ellen's Broom Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399250033
Availability: On our shelves
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2012

A young girl learns a new meaning for freedom during the time of Reconstruction

Ellen always knew the broom resting above the hearth was special. Before it was legal for her mother and father to officially be married, the broom was what made them a family anyway. But now all former slaves who had already been married in their hearts could register as lawful husband and wife.


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Going Down Home with Daddy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781561459384
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - April 1st, 2019

A 2020 CALDECOTT HONOR BOOK

Set at one young boy's annual family reunion, this Caldecott Honor-winning picture book by Kelly Starling Lyons and Daniel Minter is a rich and moving celebration of Black history, culture, and the power of family traditions.


Tiara's Hat Parade Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807579459
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - April 1st, 2020

Tiara has a gift for storytelling; her momma has a gift for making hats. When a new store opens that sells cheaper hats, Momma has to set her dreams aside, but Tiara has an idea for helping Momma's dreams come true again.


Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525516095
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 6th, 2019

"Lyons delivers the history of a song that has inspired generations of African-Americans to persist and resist in the face of racism and systemic oppression. . . . A heartfelt history of a historic anthem."--Publishers Weekly

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us.


One More Dino on the Floor Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807515983
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2016

It's a hip-hopping, foot-stomping, hand-clapping, finger-snapping good time when the dinosaurs go out on the dance floor! One by one (and all the way up to ten), the dinosaurs get their groove on in this delightful counting book! With bright and colorful illustrations and fun, rhythmic text, young readers will be tapping their feet to the Jurassic beat!