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5 Favorites from . . . Daria Peoples-Riley!

Author/Illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley

Daria Peoples-Riley's debut picture book THIS IS IT was published with Greenwillow/HarperCollins (February 2018). I GOT NEXT, a companion book will follow on July 30, 2019. Daria is also the illustrator of GLORIA TAKES A STAND by Jessica M. Rinker, a picture book biography about the life and work of Gloria Steinem (Bloomsbury, March 2019) .


So what are Daria’s 5 Favorites?:


My favorite place to write (and paint):

Outside, near my hummingbird feeder.


My favorite mentor text:

Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan. My two favorite lines: "I'll mix [the rest of] my black roots in a larger medicine gourd. I'll give what I can until it all gives out." And "We'll see the difference a touch of black can make. Just remember, whatever I do, I'll be me and you'll be you."


My favorite writing tip:

Share your gift of writing and/or art with those you love by giving them handwritten words and/or art. No matter what the reviews or the sales will be, those who love you will deem your work priceless, and that will nourish your journey.


My favorite marketing tip:

Be present and attentive when you meet your readers.


My favorite book event of the year:

SCBWI LA Conference


To learn more about Daria’s work, visit her website.

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