Anika Noni Rose

Closing General Session

Tuesday, July 2: 9:30AM―10:30AM PT

Closing Session Speaker: Anika Noni Rose, ALA Annual San Diego, June 27 – July 2, 2024

Anika Noni Rose is an acclaimed actress, singer, Tony Award winner, Disney Legend, and the voice of Disney's Princess Tiana from the film "The Princess and the Frog." An avid reader since childhood, Rose is a big proponent of children’s literacy and started a series of her own on IGTV (@AnikaAroundTheWorld) during the Covid lockdown called "Bedtime Stories for the Littles."

Rose will discuss her debut picture book "Tiana's Perfect Plan," available October 2024, and illustrated by Olivia Duchess. The charming tale takes Princess Tiana on a never-before-seen New Orleans adventure. After traveling all winter, Tiana and Naveen are back in New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras. Tiana wants everything to be just right, putting the finishing touches on their party favors and parade float. But then she gets an unexpected letter from Naveen's parents, the king and queen of Maldonia. They've decided to join the celebration! Determined to make it the best Mardi Gras ever, Tiana sets out on a new adventure with some old friends to find the perfect ingredients for a special addition. But soon she finds that perfect might not be the goal, and she may already have all she needs.

Rose has contributed to the American Theatre magazine and the anthology, "Meeting at the Table: "African-American Women Write on Race, Culture and Community." She has performed worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, and the Vatican. In 2011, she was the youngest person to be named a Disney Legend and is beyond thrilled to further her contribution to Princess Tiana’s legacy in this way.


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