Selina Alko

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Selina Alko spends her days melding words and mixed-media art to convey stories of hope and inspiration—as well as an alternative viewpoint. Her books include The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage, Can I Touch Your Hair?, Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama, and I is for Immigrants, which was selected a 2022 Best Children’s Book of the Year by Bank Street Books. Selina lives in Brooklyn, New York.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?


Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Judy Blume, Elena Ferrante, Sophie Blackall

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

To satisfy my needs to both create art and make sense of the world around me.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

What makes you and your life unique and how can you use your own experiences to tell personal—yet universal—stories? How can you help make a difference?