Legendary award-winning children’s book author Irene Smalls will visit Hunter College Elementary School on Monday, February 24th, at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium. She will lead a daytime storytelling event for grades K-3.
Irene Smalls grew up in Harlem in the 1950s and graduated from Cornell University. She also has an M.B.A. from New York University. She has been a model, an actress, a radio reporter, and a small business owner, but her favorite job is being a children’s author.
“As a former Miss Black New York State, Young Ambassador to Europe, and a student activist, I have had lots of jobs, ranging from a model, actress, and radio reporter to running my own business, establishing a networking group for business professionals, and working in government,” says Irene Smalls. “But the job I really like is writing children’s books. I write very simple stories about my children, my childhood. I grew up in Harlem in the 1950’s. Back then, Harlem was a small, southern black community that just happened to be in the North. The dialect, the foods, the mores, and values were Southern. Harlem was a ghetto of softness and strength, a community of open doors and open hearts that loved its children.”