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Inspired to Be... Books

Crystel Patterson

Crystel Patterson

Crystel is a mother to two beautiful boys, a Technology Consultant, and a self-published author.

In January 2021, she published her first children’s book, which kicked off her "Inspired to be..." children’s book series. The "Inspired to be..." book series seeks to spread Black inspiration to ALL children through stories based on the culture, experiences, and dreams of Black people. Each story in the series delivers a universal message that any child can relate to and is inspired by a real person so that children will have a point of reference and can say, "If they can do that, then so can I".

Crystel received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley, but her outlook and experience around inspirational children’s literature for children comes solely from being a mother and a seeker of inspiration.

To learn more about the "Inspired to be…" series visit

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  • Meet-the-Author event

    Available for online visits and for local visits near by

    book an author visit with Crystel Patterson 
  • Bookchatting

    Invite community members to read one-on-one with students with this handy app. Or host your author visit with the book presented virtually. Golden Ticket schools should contact us for free schoolwide access to Readeo.

    Read online here

  • Audio/Videos of author reading

    Kid can visit Crystel's book page(s) for links to read along with the author!

    Go to book page 

Book a visit with Crystel Patterson

If you would like to plan a school visit with Crystel, please contact us via the link below. If Crystel is coming to your school, you will receive a Golden Ticket to place in one of the books. Upon discovery, a QR code can be scanned which then announces the event.

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