About the Author
Valerie Williams-Sanchez is the author of the Cocoa Kids Collection© books and principal consultant for Valorena Online, L.L.C., Freelance Marketing & Communications. A former journalist for many years in the U.S. and Spain, Valerie has written and contributed to articles and essays in publications like the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Miami Herald, Orange County Business Journal, and More Magazine, online. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s degree from Columbia University. Valerie is Mom to Lorena, 21, Auntie to Isaiah, 9, and teacher to countless at-risk and special needs kids, (click to read a letter of support).
She is currently a Member of the Board of Directors for Say-Ah!, (http://say-ah.org), a non profit working to promote Health Literacy. Valerie names savoring hot cocoa, reading and writing creative yarns on "things momentous and mundane in the world of chocolate," among her passions.
NEW - "Three Books All Children of Colour Should Own" By Mocha Carter, HuffPost - May 2017
"Multicultural Children’s Book Day Review: Chocolate, Math & Cars, Oh My!"
By Summer Kinard, author of Mommie Blog: Writing Like a Mother - January 2017
"Did You Know This Is Multicultural Children's Book Day?"
By Multicultural Kids Day Reader Briana Villa - January 2017
The Series Thesis
"The Cocoa Kids Collection© Thesis: Revaluing Children of Color’s Lives Through Children’s Literature.”
By Valerie Williams-Sanchez