Kelly Starling Lyons

Kelly Starling Lyons is a children’s book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. Her books include chapter book, Eddie’s Ordeal (NEATE); CCBC Choices-honored picture book, One Million Men and Me; Ellen’s Broom, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, Junior Library Guild and Bank Street Best selection; Tea Cakes for Tosh, a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies and Phillis Wheatley Book Award and Skipping Stones Honor Award recipient and Hope’s Gift, a winter/spring 2013 Okra Pick by SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance), the 2013 featured children’s book for North Carolina at the National Book Festival, and on the 2014 IRA/CBC Children’s Choices list. Her newest picture book One More Dino on the Floor released March 1, 2016 followed by the chapter book Jada Jones: Rock Star (Sept, 2017) and Jada Jones: Class Act (Sept, 2017).

Kelly is on the roster of the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County and the Arts & Sciences Council in Charlotte, NC. She regularly presents at schools and libraries across the 50 states. Her programs celebrate family and freedom and show young authors how to tell the stories that only they can tell.


Availability and Honorariums

  • $1200 Full day in-state (negotiable)
  • $1500 Full day out-of-state (negotiable)