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  • Kansas City, MO
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Kansas CIty, MO
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Husband, father, childrens book author (The hit SCHOLASTIC series RUBY AND THE BOOKER BOYS and many other favorites)
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My name is Derrick Barnes and I am the author of one of the most popular Scholastic book series in children literature. The series is entitled RUBY & THE BOOKER BOYS (reading level 2-5 grade). There are currently four books in the series, and they are all doing extremely well all across the country!

Ruby is a stylish, intelligent, creative, and sassy African American eight year old girl that will do anything to step out of the shadows of her three ultra popular big brothers (The Booker Boys). Overall, the series is based on self, community, and family love.

I am also proactively reaching out to you to see if you'd consider ordering the books for your school/library.My calendar is open between February- June 2010. I'd love to add you to my tour schedule. It would be an honor if you would consider bringing me to your wonderful school for a presentation(s).

My Ruby and the Booker Boys presentation consist of:

* A brief, funny, and engaging introduction about author background and the Ruby series. Plus, a discussion on my writing process and how important editing is.
* Rhythmic, entertaining Powerpoint presentation introducing Ruby Booker and her family
* Reading from chapter chosen by students.
* Q & A
* Prize giveaway (posters, bookmark,etc.)
* Book signing, pictures taken

I am extremely affordable. I only charge $450 per presentation; with a duration of 45-50 minutes. Air travel and lodging are not included in the honorarium. My ideal grade levels are 1-6 grade and audience size between 50-200 students per presentation.

If you are interested, please feel free to contact me at or

PLEASE forward this email to any parent, teacher, administrator, librarian, or reading specialist that might be interested in the RUBY & THE BOOKER BOYS series.

Thank you so very much for your time. Please visit my site to find out more about me, a list of references from previous school visits, Ruby Booker and the Booker Boys, and the rest of my books.

Thank you so very much for your time. Please visit my site to find out more about me, a list of references from previous school visits, Ruby Booker and the Booker Boys, and the rest of my books:

Derrick Barnes

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At 12:46am on January 26, 2012, Mike McQueen said…

Greetings Derrick,

I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!


Mike McQueen

Teacher Librarian at McLain HS

Lakewood, CO

At 1:20pm on July 16, 2010, Sade said…
Dear Derrick,

Just to say, i think you're doing a commendable job. Unfortunately, i'm UK based, but also work in an all boys 11-18 author visit from you, would have been most welcome. Please continue to inspire the young ones.

At 9:18am on March 1, 2010, Kafi Kumasi said…

Keep on keepin' on! Great work and I will be sharing this with my students.

Kafi Kumasi

A Learning Revolution Project

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