Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich


OLUGBEMISOLA RHUDAY-PERKOVICH is the author of several children’s books, including  Operation SisterhoodIt Doesn’t Take A Genius, (a Kirkus Best Book of the Year)The Sun Does Shine (Young Readers Edition), with Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin.  Her other titles Saving Earth: Climate Change and the Fight for Our Future, 8th Grade Superzero, and Someday Is Now. Her book Mae Makes A Way: The True Story of Mae Reeves, Hat and History Maker have received much acclaim. She also co-authored The Two Naomis, with Audrey Vernick. She is a member of The Brown Bookshelf, and contributor to several anthologies, including We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

Olugbemisola has also written for PBS ParentsRead BrightlyAmerican Baby, and some of her childhood favorite hip hop fanzines like Right On! Magazine. She has worked extensively in youth development and was twice awarded a public service fellowship for her projects with adolescent girls.  Olugbemisola was born in NYC, then spent many years as the “new kid” at a lot of schools in different cities. Now, she lives with her family back in NYC where she writes, makes things, talks back to her cat, and needs to get more sleep.



A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year, Makeda Makes A Birthday Treat is the first title in a delightful new I Can Read! series from acclaimed author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and illustrator Lydia Mba, starring Makeda, an exuberant 7-year-old “maker” and problem solver who loves to create. Instead of cupcakes, Makeda makes a Caribbean treat for her classroom birthday celebration. Will sharing stories help her classmates understand why? Booklist called it a “fantastic addition to the I Can Read collection.”