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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Traci N. Todd  

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Genre: C:CHILDREN Non-Fiction



Illinois Connection

Todd is a Chicago native.

Biographical and Professional Information

When Chicago native Traci N. Todd was born, her father decided her initials should stand for dynamite, just like his. He raised her on Ray Charles and Nina Simone, and her mother read her every good book. Traci grew up to become a children's book editor and currently lives in Jackson Heights, Queens where she writes, edits, and listens to Ray Charles and Nina Simone, while her partner draws comic books.

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Titles At Your Library


-- ''Nina'', *2022 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Winner A 2022 Jane Addams Childrens Book Award Finalist A 2021 Publishers Weekly Best Book A 2021 Kirkus Best Book A 2021 Horn Book Fanfare List Pick A 2021 Booklist Editors' Choice A 2021 New York Public Library Best Book Pick A 2021 Chicago Public Library Best Book Pick, Starred Reviews - Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, BookPage, Horn Book, Shelf Awareness, School Library Journal