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Judy Allen Dodson

Judy Allen Dodson is all about books—reading them as a librarian, preserving them as an archivist, and writing them as an author. Her latest book is, The Ashe Brothers: How Arthur and Johnnie Changed Tennis Forever and she’s also the author of Escape from . . . Hurricane Katrina, a Junior Library Guild selection. Judy is the winner of two Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) awards; On-the-Verge Emerging Voices Award and the Out From the Margins (OMA). She is the recipient of multiple North Carolina Arts Council grants, a Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellow in Children’s Literature, and the regional co-ambassador for The Authors Guild.

Judy has a passion for celebrating diverse children’s literature and teaching young readers about history. She lives in North Carolina, with her family. Visit her online at and follow her on social media.