Derrick D. Barnes is a native of Kansas City, MO. He is a graduate of Jackson State University with a degree in Marketing. He is the author of the ultra popular series entitled RUBY AND THE BOOKER BOYS, published by Scholastic. The highly acclaimed novel We Could Be Brothers (Just Us Books) was his first middle grade novel. For his work in Crown: An Ode To The Fresh Cut, his first picturebook, Derrick received the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats award/New Writer, a 2018 John Newbery Honor, the Kirkus Prize for young readers, and a 2018 Coretta Scott King Award Author Honor. His next picture book,The King of Kindergaten, will be published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin.
He is also known for writing best selling copy for various Hallmark Card lines, and as the first African American male staff writer for Hallmark. He resides in Charlotte, NC with his enchanting wife, Tinka and their sons, Ezra, Solomon, Silas, and Nnamdi.