Bringing Bookmaking to Baltimore!

I believe in making connections and using my resources and talents in whatever way that I can to help others. Teaching has been a direct reflection of that. Having been raised by raised by a teacher, watching one of my uncles serve his community as a social worker, and having an aunt who has been committed to […]

Junior Library Guild & Sunday Shopping!

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 in Awards, Books, Illustration, Librarians Rock! | No Comments

My editor at Lee and Low e-mailed me a coupla weeks ago to let me know that SUNDAY SHOPPING has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection! I was super surprised to hear the news because our book just went to press back in October, but JLG chooses books based on previews before the books […]

Surprise and honor

Posted on May 13, 2014 in Awards, Teachers Rock! | No Comments

It has been a looooong week and semester. In a few days I will say goodbye to the very first group of students I taught. I can’t believe that I have been teaching for three years already. It has been a great experience so far. I’ve had more good days than bad, and more students […]

Hot in Harlem

What a weekend. Friday afternoon I traveled to NYC to attend the Phillis Wheatley Award ceremony. I met up with my wonderful friend and fellow illustrator, Taeeun Yoo earlier in the day for a great lunch at Cho Dang Gol of Stone Bowl Bibimbap and Dak Galbi. Next we took the 1 train to 125th […]

B. B. Bright is a Phillis Wheatley Book Award Finalist

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 in Awards, Books | No Comments

Congratulations to Alice Randall, Caroline Randall Williams, and the Turner Publishing team! The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess, is a 2013 Phillis Wheatley Award Book Finalist. Presented annually at The Harlem Book Fair, The Phillis Wheatley Book Awards recognize the best African American books and writers in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children’s literature. […]

B. B. Bright is a nominee

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 in Art, Awards | No Comments

Congratulations to Turner Publishing, Alice Randall, and Caroline Randall Williams for the NAACP Image Award nomination of “The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess”. Good luck everyone!    

WHITE WATER is an NAACP Image Award Nominee

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in Awards | No Comments

Congratulations to Candlewick Press, Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein on being nominated for an NAACP Image Award for WHIITE WATER (illustrated by yours truly)! What an accomplishment~ Tune in to the 43rd annual Image Awards on February 17th. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees~

Ashley Bryan Children’s Literature Award

Wow, what a whirlwind! I was in Atlanta last week to run the Peachtree Roadrace (which I ended up sleeping through) and at “Words and Color: A Lifetime of Discovery”, to receive the Ashley Bryan Children’s Literature Award for Illustration!!! The award reads: “Contribution of Excellence to Preserve the Legacy of Ashley Bryan” The event […]

Thank you young readers of West Virginia!

Posted on May 4, 2011 in Awards, Books, Uncategorized | No Comments

A huge and humble THANK YOU goes out today to the children of West Virginia for making BIRD this year’s winner of the West Virginia Children’s Choice Book Award! What a tremendous honor. BIRD was up against some big names this year. You can see the entire nominee list here. As with other state book […]

HURRICANES is a 2011 Bank Street Best!

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 in Art, Awards, Books, Illustration | No Comments

Hurrah! A PLACE WHERE HURRICANES HAPPEN has been named a Bank Street Best Book of the Year under the historical fiction category. Congrats to Renée Watson and the Random House team!  

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