Rita Lorraine Hubbard
Rita Lorraine Hubbard was a special educator for 20+ years with an advanced degree in School Psychology. She is currently a full-time children’s book writer, offering tips to aspiring writers at “Rita Writes History,” a blog that has attracted over 230,000 visitors. She founded and manages Picture Book Depot, a children’s book review website that enjoys a global audience and offers free books to children. She is also an ESL educator, designing and implementing conversational English lessons for South Korean businesspersons.
In 2010, Ms. Hubbard served as Lead Historical Researcher (Chattanooga Unit) for NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are” series, featuring the life of megastar Lionel Richie. Her article, “Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Getting a Grant (But Were Afraid to Ask),” was assumed by Google Knols and For Dummies® online, and she wrote and coproduced the global short film Cinema Prosperite’ Film Competition finalist, An Entrepreneur’s Heart in 2009. In addition, her nonfiction reference book, African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes was published in 2008. Her new picture book, Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story, will be published in 2018.
When Ms. Hubbard isn’t writing or researching, she spends her time searching for the next bold and beautiful picture book to review.