Educating Youth Through Literature: a Juneteenth Conversation with Author Tonya Duncan Ellis
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In today's episode, I sit down with children's author Tonya Duncan Ellis to delve into the world of literature that tells interesting stories but also educates. We talk about her immensely popular YA book series, Sophie Washington, and her journey to publication. We'll also get a sneak peak at her upcoming children's picture book, "They Built Me for Freedom," which explores the significance of Juneteenth. From heartfelt discussions about Juneteenth to the exploration of racism in literature, Tonya Duncan Ellis shares her passion for crafting stories that resonate with young readers, foster empathy, and inspire positive change. Join us for an engaging conversation that celebrates the power of words, diversity, and the transformative impact literature can have on shaping young minds.

Books Mentioned:
The Sophie Washington Series
Thirst by Varshah Bajaj 
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
On the Air with Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
Betsy-Tacy Series by Maud Hart Lovelace
The Artists Way by Julia Cameron
The Davenports by Krystal Marquis 
The House of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson 

00:00 Introduction
01:30 What have you been reading lately 
05:18 Being an Avid Reader and Libraries
06:50 Authors who have inspired you?
08:25 Her Journey to Publication
15:15 The Sophie Washington Series
21:00 Forthcoming book “They Built Me For Freedom”, discussing Juneteenth and racism in literature
39:12 Writing Tips and the joys and challenges of writing


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