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From Mr. Barnes' website:
Derrick D. Barnes is from Kansas City, MO. He is a graduate of Jackson State University with a BA degree in Marketing. He is the author of the critically acclaimed picture book CROWN: An Ode To The Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books/Agate Bolden) which won a multitude of literary awards, making it one of the most decorated picture books in the history of children’s literature.
Mr. Barnes other titles include:
Stop Drop and Chill, Scholastic, 2004
The Low Down Bad Day Blues, Scholastic, 2004
The Making of Dr. Truelove, Simon Pulse, 2007 - young adult
Chapter book series Ruby and the Booker Boys, Scholastic
We Could Be Brothers, 2011, rereleased in paperback in 2017 - young adult
The King of Kindergarten, (follow-up to CROWN) Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin, 2019