Natasha Tarpley

Fellow, Learning Sciences Exchange

As an acclaimed and bestselling children's book author, who has been writing for over 20 years, Natasha Tarpley is passionate about telling engaging stories that both entertain and educate audiences across multiple media platforms. She uses her writing as a tool to change and expand narratives around Blackness and Black people, to create spaces where kids of color can relish in their reflections on the page/screen/airwaves, and to inspire children of all backgrounds to envision themselves in new ways and to tell new stories. Natasha is the author of the classic picture book, I Love My Hair!, an ode to Black childhood and natural beauty, which is a favorite among readers and educators around the world. Her most recent picture book, The Me I Choose To Be, affirms the power of Black children to choose who and what they want to be. Other publications include the social justice-themed middle grade mystery, The Harlem Charade, and Girl In the Mirror: Three Generations of Black Women in Motion, an acclaimed family memoir about the lives of three generations of women in her family. Natasha is also the writer and Co-Creator of the award-winning children’s narrative podcast, Opal Watson: Private Eye (, and is currently developing new children’s podcast and television projects. She is the founder of Voonderbar! Media, an independent children’s media company.