Andrea Davis Pinkney has turned stories into reality all of her life, whether it was about her career goals—wanting to be a journalist in New York City—or her personal life—having a family whose names were in alphabetical order. (That would be her husband, illustrator Brian Pinkney, and her two children college student Chloe, 18, and  dancer Dobbin, 15.)

She's also responsible for bringing more brown faces into the books children read, thanks to her work as an award-winning children's author and vice president at Scholastic. Davis Pinkney tells mater mea how one of the greatest stories of her life happened: changing the face of children's literature, one book at a time, as a working mom.

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