Local educator Chanda Austin publishes children’s book that celebrates diversity

Chanda Austin. Photo provided to the Tucker Observer.

DeKalb County, GA — Chanda Austin, a local educator in DeKalb County Schools and children’s author, has published her first book titled Qiana’s Braids, a press release announced.

The book is about a little girl named Qiana who gets her hair braided for the first day of school. The story celebrates diversity and highlights the love and passion that happens in a Black beauty salon. Qiana’s Braids was inspired by the lack of representation of Black girls and their hair stories in children’s literature.

It can be purchased on Amazon, The APEX Museum on Auburn Ave., Bookish in East Atlanta Village, Medu Bookstore in Greenbriar Mall, and Nubian Books in Morrow, GA.

Chanda Austin is a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. She holds a B.S. and a M.Ed. from Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL and an Ed. S in School Leadership from Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA. She has been an educator for over twenty years serving in several different capacities and is passionate about people and learning. She is currently an ESOL Coordinator for DeKalb County Schools. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the mother of an amazing, beautiful, and talented teenage girl. In her spare time, she enjoys dining at locally owned restaurants, listening to live music and spending time with her family.

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