Selene Castrovilla


Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of thirteen books. Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner, calls her “a writer worth watching.”  Her book REVOLUTIONARY FRIENDS: GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE is used in classrooms around the country, and as a mentor text by Caldecott Medalist Jane Yolen. SEEKING FREEDOM: THE UNTOLD STORY OF FORTRESS MONROE AND THE ENDING OF SLAVERY IN AMERICA (illustrated by E.B. Lewis) releases from Boyds Mills Kane January 4, 2022 — the same day as her Scholastic book, EXPLORING CIVIL RIGHTS: THE MOVEMENT: 1960. Twenty years in the making, THIS IS TAP: SAVION GLOVER BRINGS IN HIS FUNK (illustrated by Laura Freeman), releases from Holiday House spring, 2023. Selene holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in English from New York University. Her books examine humanity. She wonders why people do the things they do, and whether they act by choice or instinct.

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