About the Author
Valerie Williams-Sanchez is the
author of the Cocoa Kids Collection© 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, Long Beach Press Telegram, Injuve Magazine (Spain) and More Magazine, online.
Valerie is currently studying literacy education at St. John's University, New York. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s degree from Columbia University.
Valerie is also a member of the Board of Directors for Say-Ah!, (www.Say-Ah.org), a New York City-based, non-profit organization working to promote health literacy.
Valerie is Mom to Lorena, 22, Auntie to Isaiah, 10, and teacher to countless at-risk and special needs kids, (click to read a letter of support). She names, among her passions: savoring hot cocoa, creating fine art drawings, paintings and illustrations, as well as reading and writing creative yarns about "things momentous and mundane in the world of chocolate."
"Grandma Mimi's Kitchen," Cocoa Kids Collection Books Art Featured in the Rockalnd Center for the Arts "Home" RoCA website
"Cocoa Kids Collection Books™ Original Illustration
Selected for New York Art Center Exhibition" a Valorena Online Media Release - September 2017
"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 Briana Villa, Multicultural Kids Day Reader - January 2017
The Series Thesis
"The Cocoa Kids Collection© Thesis: Revaluing Children of Color’s Lives Through Children’s Literature.”
By Valerie Williams-Sanchez