Who is Rita Lorraine?

Who is Rita Lorraine?

Hi there,

I’m a mother, a former 20+ year special educator, and currently a full-time children’s book writer and researcher. For over 20 years I have offered tips and recommendations to aspiring writers at my personal blog, Rita Writes History, which has attracted over 1 million unique visitors, and at Picture Book Depot and The Black History Channel.

I have seven  (7) books listed on Amazon.com.









My picture book, THE OLDEST STUDENT: HOW MARY WALKER LEARNED TO READ, debuted as the No. 1 Historical Bio PB about Women on Jan 7 2020. It has garnered many awards and honorable mentions.

Hello Indies! I am a former special education teacher of over 20 years, and now a full-time children's writer, researcher, and freelance editor. My newest picture book, The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Random House) debuted as the No. 1 Picture Book in Women's Biographies and Children's American History. It has since won the 2022 Texas Bluebonnet Award, the 2022 Rhode Island Children's Book Award, the 2021 SCBWI Crystal Kite, the 2022 Comstock Award, and the 2022 Ann Izard Award. It has received STARRED REVIEWS from Kirkus, Booklist, Publisher's Weekly and School Library Journal, and received a great review by The Wall Street Journal. My first picture book, Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story (Lee and Low) debuted on September 24, 2018. It is a School Library Journal selection and received positive Kirkus and Horn Book reviews. I penned African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes, and I earned the 2014 SCBWI Letter of Merit for an unpublished multicultural novel. I am the author of several educational books for teens, and I occasionally review books for The New York Journal of Books. Thanks for visiting!

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