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Today I spoke with acclaimed author-artist Daria Peoples-Riley about her powerful new book, America, My Love, America, My Heart that challenges readers of all ages to confront bias, prejudice, and discrimination by reflecting on the questions that many people of color have pondered in one way or another like, “America, do you love me? My black, My brown, My pride, My crown?”, and “Do you love my brave? Do you love my bold? Am I to have” Am I to hold?”

© 2021 by Daria Peoples-Riley/Greenwillow Books/Harper Collins Publishers

Beautifully written and illustrated; I look forward to sharing this book with my granddaughters soon.

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Daria Peoples-Riley grew up in Paso Robles, California, and is the daughter of a children’s librarian. A household of rich culture—American Indian, Cuban, French, black and Irish—Daria and her two younger brothers grew up on gumbo and red beans and rice. She has a degree in English from UC Santa Barbara. She earned her Masters in Education from Regis University and worked for ten years as a middle school teacher. She lives in Las Vegas with her basketball-coach husband, ballerina daughter, and a basketball-player son. She is the author-illustrator of This is It and I Got Next.