Renée Watson is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for young readers. Her books have sold over one million copies. She has received several awards including the Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Award, and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Many of Renée's books are inspired by her childhood growing up in Portland, Oregon. Her writing explores themes of home, identity, body image, and the intersections of race, class, and gender. She has given readings and lectures at many renown places including the United Nations, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Embassy in Japan and New Zealand.
Her books include the Ryan Hart series, Piecing Me Together, and This Side of Home, as well as acclaimed picture books: Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills and The 1619 Project: Born on the Water, co-authored with Nikole Hannah-Jones. Renée splits her time between Portland, Oregon and New York City.