Tonya Duncan Ellis

Tonya EllisStoryteller: Tonya Duncan Ellis

Tonya Duncan Ellis has had her nose in a book since she learned to read, so it’s no surprise that she’d one day become a writer. She is the author of the Sophie Washington children’s book series, a former journalist, and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Authors Guild. Fluent in French, Tonya loves learning about other cultures and has traveled to 49 states and 20 countries. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and three children.

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Tonya On Writing for Children:

“I was inspired to write my children’s series after I noticed a lack of diversity when reading with my three kids. I’ve always been an avid reader and am proud to create relatable books for children that spark a love of literature. As a child of limited means, books opened the world to me, causing me to dream of a life beyond my hometown in Louisville, KY, sparking an interest in travel, history, languages and so much more. I strive to create the same experience for my readers.”

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Sophie Washington: The Gamer Sophie Washington: Secret Santa Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee

Sophie Washington: My BFF Sophie Washington: Mission Costa Rica Sophie Washington: Mismatch

Sophie Washington: Hurricane Sophie Washington: Code One Sophie Washington: Coloring Book


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