Individual Author Record
Name:Pen Name: None Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction Born: 1971 in Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionTarpley is a resident of the Historic Pullman neighborhood in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationNatasha Tarpley writes fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. She is best known, however, for her diverse children's books that include the award-winning bestseller ''I Love My Hair''. She has also co-edited an anthology of writings by African American girls ages 12 - 19, ''What I Know is Me'' and edited, ''Testimony: Young African-Americans on Self-Discovery and Black Identity''. Tarpley is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Thurber House and the Illinois Arts Council. A former reporter for Fortune magazine, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her work has appeared in ''Essence'', the ''Los Angeles Times'', ''The Chicago Tribune'', and ''The Washington Post'', as well as many literary journals. With her mother, she founded ''Voonderbar! Productions, LLC'', a multimedia children's entertainment company that produces multicultural books for children of all ages.
*''Bippity-Bop Barbershop'', Little, Brown Books, 2002 - reprinted in 2009 *''Destiny's Gift'', Lee and Low, 2004 *''Girl in the Mirror: Three Generations of Black Women in Motion'', Beacon Press, 1999 - reprinted by Voonderbar! Productions in 2013 *''I Love My Hair!,'' Little, Brown Books, 2001 - reprinted in 2003 *''Joe-Joe's First Flight'', Knopf, 2008 *''Selma Takes the Stage'', Voonderbar! Books, 2016 *''The Harlem Charade'', Scholastic, 2017 *''The Princess and the Frog: Princess Tiana and the Royal Ball'', Disney Press, 2009