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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction

Born: 1971 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Tarpley is a resident of the Historic Pullman neighborhood in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Natasha 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.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Bippity-Bop Barbershop''''' *Starred Review, Booklist '''''I Love My Hair!''''' *Children's Book of the Year Award, BlackBoard, 1999 '''''The Harlem Charade''''' *Starred Review, Kirkus '''Other Awards