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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Darwin McBeth Walton  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1926 in Charlotte, North Carolina


Illinois Connection

Walton lives in Lombard, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Darwin McBeth Walton grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Johnson C. Smith University, The Chicago Conservatory of Music, then, in 1973 earned her Master Degree from National-Louis University in Chicago. That same year her first book, "What Color Are You?" was published. It was named a landmark book by the Chicago Historical Society. "Dance, Kayla!", Walton's first middle-grade novel, was named a best book of the year by Banks Street College. Walton brings music and twenty years of public school teaching to her reading and writing audience.Walton is a participant in the "Author in the Schools" and the "Open Book" after school programs in the Chicago inner-city, she is a frequent visitor to classrooms and libraries throughout the Chicago Metropolitan area.

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Titles At Your Library


-- "What Color Are You?" Landmark Book by the Chicago Historical Society "Dance, Kayla!", Best Book of the Year by Banks Street College