Cool Careers: What’s it like to be an award-winning author?

April 30, 2019

Author Claire Hartfield was awarded the 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Award for her 2018 book, A Few Red Drops.

Welcome to Cool Careers! A new Facebook Live interview series from Britannica Digital Learning.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Simple question, right? At Britannica Digital Learning, we reach over 140 million students in 83 countries around the world—over 30 million in the US alone! So we believe a big part of our job here is to inspire students and ignite their career curiosity, letting them pursue a future that brings them satisfaction, stability, and joy.

With that in mind, we’re excited to invite you to tune in once a month to “Cool Careers,” a brand new Facebook Live interview series from Britannica!

Join us as we meet some awesome people who do incredible things every day and ask them burning questions like: What subjects in school inspired you? Which activities or passions influenced your career path? What is your current job is like and what do you love most about it? What advice you would give to a student who is curious about pursuing a similar path?

This May, meet Claire Hartfield, the 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Author Winner and 2019 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

About Claire Hartfield

Claire Hartfield is the 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Author Winner and a 2019 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist for her most recent book, A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 (Clarion 2018). Hartfield’s award-winning book has also been honored as a Junior Library Guild Choice, a 2019 Illinois Reading Council Top Book, and a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2018.

“This well-documented text outlines the events leading to the race riot in Chicago in the summer of 1919…This solid entry covers a topic not often mentioned in YA literature, and will support researchers looking for balanced coverage for history, civil rights, and economics reports.” —Booklist

Hartfield’s Me and Uncle Romie (Dial Books for Young Children 2002) is a historical fiction picture book based on the life and art of world-renowned collage artist, Romare Bearden. It received national honors (favorable review in the NYT Book Review, Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book of the Year, Junior Library Guild Choice, one of New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing) and has been reprinted in three textbooks.

A lifelong resident of Chicago, Hartfield’s career has centered on providing underprivileged children with opportunity to achieve their potential through education. After graduating from Yale University and University of Chicago Law School, she oversaw development of school desegregation plans for the cities of Chicago and Rockford, Illinois. More recently, she led a non-profit organization that develops leaders for elementary and secondary education. She is currently Board Chair and a senior consultant for one of Chicago’s highest performing charter schools.

More Cool Careers:

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