Alice Faye Duncan


I write books for young readers.


I read my books and play ukulele for school visits.


I speak to adult groups about 

literacy and writing.

ME! MYSELF! AND BOOKS!

My Genesis

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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. 



MY TOP 5 SONGS


Harvest for the World--Isley Brothers


Mister Magic--Grover Washington




Optimistic--Sounds of Blackness

 



Respect Yourself--The Staple Singers




Young, Gifted and Black--Nina Simone

*Aretha Franklin's version ROCKS too!








MEMPHIS, MARTIN AND THE MOUNTAINTOP

A 2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Medal 

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

My Creative Lineage

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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.  




MY TOP 5 POEMS


Dreams--Langston Hughes



Good Night, Willie Lee, I'll See you In the Morning--Alice Walker


Little Brown Baby--Paul Laurence Dunbar



Second Sermon on the Warpland--Gwendolyn Brooks




Things--Eloise Greenfield











HONEY BABY SUGAR CHILD

#1 Read-Aloud for Babies


Read this book with SOUL!

My Books

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My picture books include biographies of Black artists and moments in American History seldom told. I also write lyrical stories that celebrate the sustaining power of love between a mother and child. My books are illustrated by award winning artists like Gregory Christie, Xia Gordon, Charnelle Pinkney Barlow (YES! of the Famous Pinkney Family) and Mary Uhles. MEMPHIS, MARTIN AND THE MOUNTAINTOP won a 2019 Coretta Scott Honor Medal for illustrations. MORE good news is brewing! Will you gift my 5 books to a favorite young reader in your life?





MY TOP 5 BOOKS--(Written by ME)


HONEY BABY SUGAR CHILD



JUST LIKE A MAMA--Pre-Order Today



MEMPHIS, MARTIN AND THE MOUNTAINTOP



A SONG FOR GWENDOLYN BROOKS




12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE


 

 







JUST LIKE A MAMA--Pre-Order today!

This love poem celebrates the bond between mothers and daughters--connected by way of adoption, foster care and biological kinship. The release date is March 2020. 

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. 

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Release Date--January 14, 2020

Sow a Seed... Read!

This sweet read-aloud on the surface is all about the everyday home life a caregiver creates for a young child.  Mama Rose teaches Carol Olivia how to ride a bike, clean her room and tell time. A deeper look reveals the patience and care, little ones receive in the arms of a mother whose blood is not her blood, but whose bond is so deep—and unconditional, that it creates the perfect home for a child to feel safe, successful, and deeply loved. Pre-order today. Support Indie Bookstores. Make your purchase with NOVEL MEMPHIS.  http://bit.ly/38lownD