Hello, beautiful people. My name is Danual Berkley and I have a thing for poetry!! Not just any old kind of poetry...magical poetry! You know the kind where a six-year-old kid builds a magical pirate ship that can change into a submarine! Or a baby that has aim so good with a sling shot, he could ping a UFO way in outer space. Yep, that kind of poetry. I’m also a strong believer in bringing diversity into children's book writing. I believe there needs to be more diversity to reflect the world we live in.
As a kid, I never saw any children’s books about black families. So my focus is to create stories and characters that kids of color can relate to. A lot of the stories I write are stories created right at home. When I’m at home playing with my boys and we’re fighting aliens or out-running monsters, we’re essentially creating stories. After we’re done playing, I write them down on paper.
I have a blended family. I had my six year old in a previous relationship before I met my wife. She is a wonderful step-mother, and the relationship that she has with my son is really something beautiful. I honestly feel that many step-parents don’t get the credit that they deserve. As a result, I’ve started writing stories about the adventures and experiences my wife and son have together. So...in the last year or so, you can say, I’ve been pretty busy!
I love writing and I love creating adventures. I love bringing new and exciting things to children’s reading that shows that love and families come in all shapes and sizes. I also became an active member in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Hopefully with hard work, networking, and just pure luck, I can make the right connections to get my work noticed on a much larger scale. The world is diverse, and reading should be too!