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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Debbi Newton Chocolate  

Pen Name: Debbi Chocolate


Born: 1954 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Chocolate was born in Chicago and currently resides in Wheaton.

Biographical and Professional Information

Debbi is a popular children's author whose books include ''Imani in the Belly'', ''Pigs Can Fly'', ''The Piano Man'', ''Kente Colors'' and ''A very Special Kwanzaa''. Her work has appeared in ''Essence'', ''Black Scholar'','' Publishers Weekly'' and ''USA Today''.Chocolate is a graduate of Spelman College and Brown University. She is a former children's book editor and faculty member at Columbia College in Chicago. She has been featured on both Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow.

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Titles At Your Library


-- Coretta Scott King Award and John Steptoe New Talent Award for ''The Piano Man'' Parents' Choice Award for ''Talk, Talk'' Her books have won a Parents' Choice Award, Minssesota Book Award and been selected one of the American Library Association's Top 100 books. Debbi was honored at the 2005 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.