Nancy D. Tolson

A proud product of the Detroit Public Schools, Dr. Nancy D. Tolson received her Masters and PhD from the University of Iowa, researching the history and development of Black children’s literature. She has been a Ford Fellow, a NEH facilitator, as well as a Fulbright scholar/lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (Ghana) while conducting research on West African folklore. For three years, Tolson was an Illinois Humanities’ “Road Scholar” storytelling throughout the state. She is the author of Black Children’s Literature Got de Blues: The Creativity of Black Writers and Illustrators (2008) and Tales of Africa (1998). Her other critical and creative work can be found in various academic journals and books. Nancy Tolson and her husband have successfully been raised by their three children and are now being empowered by their five grandsons.

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Equity & Inclusion in Kidlit

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