Christine Kendall

Storyteller: Christine Kendall

Christine Kendall is the author of two novels, Riding Chance (Scholastic 2016,) which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/ Teens, and The True Definition of Neva Beane (Scholastic 2020). Her short fiction has appeared in numerous publications. She lives in Philadelphia, where she co-curates the award-winning reading series Creative at the Cannery.

On writing for children:

“Children are our future. It is vitally important that we inform, inspire, nourish, and protect them. Writing for children is a glorious way to do that.”

What was the most valuable or memorable experience of AMPLIFY for you?:

The warmth of the embrace of everyone associated with the program. It’s great to be a part of such a loving and supportive community.

Christine Kendall

Follow Christine Kendall:

“Stories help children develop empathy, the ability to understand the feelings of others — or, put another way, to feel their music.”

The True Definition of Neva Beane
Riding Chance

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Equity & Inclusion in Kidlit

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