Jackie Carter, American children’s author, Died at 62

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Jackie Carter was born on June 28, 1953, and died on April 13, 2016.

She was an African-American children’s book editor and author.

Her original goal was to provide children of all races with images of themselves in the books they read.

Carter’s initial position in publishing was on Sesame Street Magazine, after which she joined Scholastic Corporation as editorial director of the early childhood division in 1985.

She was named Editorial Director of Weston Woods/Scholastic New Media, which produced audiovisual works, in 1995.

Some of the posts she held in children’s publishing were VP of Marvel Kids in 1997 and Editorial Director of Disney Global Children’s Book Division.

Whilst she was at Disney Carter was also Editorial Director of Jump at the Sun, an imprint highlighting African American culture. The imprint included Whoopi Goldberg’s Sugar Plum Ballerina series, as well as the Willimena series by Valerie Wilson Wesley.

During 2004, Jackie became vice president and publisher of Children’s Press at the Scholastic Classroom and Library Group.

Carter also took part in a reading and writing programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago aimed at encouraging African-American boys to build self-esteem.

In 2002, She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Jackie Carter passed away at 62 yrs old.

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