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 RenĂ©e Watson and the Random House team!  

Ashley Bryan Honors and NBAF

Ashley Bryan @ Library Lions 2008 I’m a little slow…. After receiving an e-mail last month about speaking with Ashley Bryan at the Auburn Avenue Research Library it wasn’t until I spoke with my friend, Jan Burkins ( this morning that I realized I am being honored next year by Ashley Bryan in collaboration with […]

Concrete Jungle Where Dreams are Made of…

Posted on May 3, 2010 in Art, Artists, Awards, Library Events, Uncategorized | No Comments

(Taeeun Yoo, this year’s new illustrator and Tonya Hegamin, this year’s new author) (Taeeun Yoo and Dr. Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation) (the crew – Paul, Lauren, Bean, me, Tae, Injoo, and Choi) Last week I spent a few days in NY celebrating one of my best friends, Taeeun Yoo […]


Posted on Mar 16, 2010 in Awards, Uncategorized | No Comments

A huge CONGRATULATIONS goes out to my beloved Tae Eun Yoo Only a Witch Can Fly (Macmillan) and Tonya Cherie Hegamin Most Loved in All the World (Houghton Mifflin) for winning this year’s Ezra Jack Keats Award! What fantastic news~

Our Children Can Soar is an NAACP Image Award winner!

Posted on Feb 27, 2010 in Art, Artists, Awards, Books, Media | 5 Comments

I woke to outstanding news this morning. OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR has won an Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children! Congrats to Michelle Cook and all of the artists who contributed to this wonderful project! You can see a list of all of the award winners here:

28 Days Later!

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 in Art, Awards, Books, Illustration, Media | 2 Comments

I am honored this year to be a part of The Brown Bookshelf’s 28 Days Later Campaign! The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers. Their flagship initiative of is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade […]


Posted on Jan 21, 2010 in Awards, Books | 2 Comments

So I was taking a break today to congratulate Kekla Magoon for winning this year’s John Steptoe Award where I noticed her book has also been nominated for an NAACP image award. I then noticed that OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR has also been nominated in the “Outstanding Literary Work for Children” category. Hot dang! How […]

Congratulations to this years NYT best-illustrated!

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 in Artists, Awards, Illustration | 2 Comments

If you haven’t seen these books, run out TODAY and get an eye full. Truly beautiful work. Congratulations everyone!

EJK Award Ceremony Highlights

The celebration has come and gone. We had a great turn out at the NYPL last night. My friends and family came out strong to share in my moment. Many thanks go to all committee members, the New York Public Library, and to the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for such a wonderful honor. For those […]

Bank Street Best!

Posted on Apr 28, 2009 in Awards, Books, Teachers Rock! | One Comment

BIRD was named one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of 2009! Teacher’s rock! Normally the list is released at an award ceremony in the Spring, but this year the ceremony is being postponed until October to coincide with celebrations for the 100th Anniversary of Bank Street College of Education. You can see […]

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