“Franklin wants all underrepresented children to be able to see themselves in the stories around them. She’s made it her mission to support them, with the hopes of allowing all kids to dream big about their futures.” Interview with Rebecca LeBoeuf Blanchette for Southern New Hampshire University

Ashley Franklin (ashleyfranklinwrites.com) is an Arkansas-based author who writes books featuring characters with big hearts and even bigger imaginations. She holds an M.A. and B.A. in English Literature from the University of Delaware and Albright College, respectively. Some of her most popular works include the picture books Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Make a Splash and NOT QUITE SNOW WHITE. She also contributed her personal story of having a premature baby, “Situationally Broke,” to the adult anthology WHAT WE DIDN’T EXPECT: PERSONAL STORIES ABOUT PREMATURE BIRTH. In addition to being an author, Ashley is an adjunct college instructor. She has first-hand experience of trying to thrive in multiple areas with ADHD while navigating the complexities and numerous demands of life as a mother with neurodiverse children. 

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Books by Ashley Franklin

Region: South

Categories: Middle Grade Picture Books

Genres: BIPOC