As "Dianne" I am an English professor. But as "Dinah"--the name my parents have always called me--

I write books for young people and visit schools all around the country. I write about the things I love:

my family, my dolls, African American history, and more. I love starting with a blank white page, using my imagination, and finally having a book to share with my friends of every age and background.


And I always remember what Frederick Douglass told us:


"Once you learn to read you will be forever free."