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Presented to you by Candlewick Press in collaboration with Red Clay Educators, hosted by Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul.

In this educator-focused series highlighting the work of Black authors and illustrators, Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul, best-selling author, founder of Red Clay Educators, and cofounder of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy, leads discussions with children‘s book creators about their work and the powerful ways their books can live in classrooms.

May 12, 2022

Author of Hoop Queens and its companion, Hoop Kings, as well as Pick-Up Game, Chameleon, and Twelve Rounds to Glory—which was a Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book—Charles R. Smith Jr. talks about his new book, Hoop Kings 2: New Royalty, with Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul as they discuss the powerful ways it can be used in classrooms to inspire students.