T.R. Simon is a children’s book author. She released Zora and Me which went on to win the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. It was also nominated for an Edgar Award for Juvenile Fiction.

Simon holds her M.A. in cultural anthropology. She teaches a program on children’s book publishing at the City University of New York Publishing Certificate Program where she is also an adjunct lecturer. T.R. co-wrote Oskar and the Eight Blessings which won a National Jewish Book Award for children’s literature. She makes her home in Westchester County, New York where she lives with her husband and children.

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Publication Order of Picture Books

(with Richard Simon)

Oskar and the Eight Blessings (With: Richard Simon) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Zora and Me Books

(with Victoria Bond)

Zora and Me (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Cursed Ground (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Zora and Me: The Summoner (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

If You Like T.R. Simon Books, You’ll Love…

Zora and Me is inspired by the early life of author Zora Neale Hurston. As a child she is already a brilliant storyteller. Her latest story features a shape-shifting gator man who steals human souls. Her stories take on a new complexion when Sonny Wrapped loses a wrestling match with an alligator name and a man is found murdered by the railroad tracks. The children will need to come to terms with the power of pretending. Zora’s friend Carrie is the narrator of this story where justice isn’t merely an exercise in retribution, but a testimony to the power of community, love, and pride.

The series continues with Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground. The story sees Zora and Carrie discovering that the town mute can actually speak. They think they’ve uncovered a big secret, but it turns out to be just one small part of a much larger puzzle. The kids will dig deep into the tragic story of an enslaved girl named Lucia and find that her story resonates through the years in the first incorporated black township that Zora grew up in.

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