My NC from A-Z

Children and parents will love learning their very first ideas about North Carolina in My N.C. from A to Z. This colorful, sturdy board book celebrates pride of place, creates connections to North Carolina's rich African American heritage, and teaches children about human equality and social justice. A perfect first baby or toddler book!

Published by North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and the N.C. Office of Archives and History.

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Michelle Lanier

Headshot of the author of My N.C. from A to Z, Michelle LanierMichelle Lanier is a scholar, oral historian, filmmaker, museum professional, and folklorist. Her deep roots, in what she calls Afro-Carolina, inspired Michelle to successfully advocate for legislation creating the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, which she led as its founding executive director. As a seasoned public humanities professional, in 2018 Michelle became the first African American director of North Carolina's 25 state-owned historic sites. Michelle also has a passion for teaching, particularly at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where she has served as a faculty member for two decades. Michelle is also the proud mother of Eden.

Dare Coulter

Dare Coulter, the illustrator, is an award-winning artist. Her specialties include public art, specifically monumental sculptures and large murals. She has also illustrated the children's books Now I lay Me Down to Sleep and You Are My Sunshine that align with her mission of positive imagery of people of color. Dare's favorite color is ultramarine blue. See more of Dare's work at