Alice Faye Duncan

I write books for young readers.

I read and 'sing' for school visits.

I speak to adult groups about 

literacy and writing.


My background


I am my mother's only child and Memphis is my home. I went to library school at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville). While there, Professor Glenn Estes introduced me to picture books. At the University of Memphis, I took a Children's Literature Class from Professor Ramona Mahood. She introduced me to author, Charles Turner, who inspired me to write WILLIE JEROME--my very first book. Macmillan published it in 1995. Picture books are my favorite to write! They allow me to "sing" without a music education or singing voice. YOU DON'T WANT ME TO SING. Really. 


A 2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Medal 

Also voted a "Best Picture Book in 2018' by Kirkus, SLJ and Booklist


My writing roots


I discovered the poets, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks, when I was a child searching the crowded shelves in my parents' personal library.  While I loved each poet, my early writing was most similar to Paul Laurence Dunbar.  I wrote for the ear to hear and the voice to speak words like I heard them spoken in school, church and the sundry store. Langston, Gwen and I, have Dunbar in common.  It was Paul Laurence Dunbar who moved us early in life to make words our vocation. Words are my work and my pathway to words began with poetry.  


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My style


I love shoes, clothes and eyeglasses. I also love sparkly nail polish and any kind of scarf or jewelry purchased in a museum gift shop.  My "style" of dress is creative and sometimes what I'm wearing makes no logical sense at all!  As for my writing style, I aspire to write a lyrical prose that is suited for read-alouds or a call and response. I seek to write books that children are compelled to read, "over and over again." This is my daily prayer when I take to my computer or sit with my writing pad. I want my words to be soul substance and a  good time, mixed with a jolt of learning.



2 cousins travel the Volunteer State in ugly Christmas sweaters.


Lesson Plans for Books by Alice Faye Duncan

Here are a variety of English Language Arts lessons to pair with books by Alice Faye Duncan. Most of the lessons can be used across 1 to 3 days or more.  Also, the lessons can be modified for elementary, middle and high school students. 

Will You Give?

I am accepting kindness to create stickers and postcards for my  children's book--A SONG FOR GWENDOLYN BROOKS.   

Do you know Gwendolyn Brooks? She was the first Black American to receive a Pulitzer Prize. From her apartment window on the South Side of Chicago, the poet wrote about the Black experience. In nine biographical poems, I celebrate her life and work. 

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