Last Saturday was the African American Children’s Book Festival created and organized by Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambatti. It was a huge event with a fantastic turn out. This year veteran superstar picturebook makers, Jerry Pinkney and Walter Dean Myers were in attendance. I sat in between Floyd Cooper and Jerry Pinkney and was able to get a … Read more
Come out to meet and greet your favorite illustrators and writers at this year’s African American Children’s Book Fair! We are celebrating 20 years of books by African American writers and artists! This is my third year participating and it is always a well attended and well loved event. Congratulations to Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati for creating, … Read more
I just returned from a three day trip with the National Black Arts Festival exploring Gullah Culture. Gullah – one of a group of people of African ancestry that live in the Sea Islands and coastal areas of South Carolina, Georgia, and northern Florida; the creolized language of the Gullahs, based on English and several … Read more
Two weeks ago I drove up to Nashville, TN to speak with Jewell Parker Rhodes at the Southern Festival of Books. Not only did I get to meet a wonderful author, but I was able to spend some quality time with my younger brother and take him to his very first book festival. On the … Read more
I am driving up to TN this weekend to speak at the Southern Festival of Books. I looooovvvvvveeeee road trips. With the changing leaves it should be a gorgeous drive up. Hope to see you there. I will be presenting on a panel “Katrina’s Children: Moving Beyond the Storm Together” with Jewell Parker Rhodes (yippie!) … Read more
The Baltimore Book Fair was a great success! I had a chance to see some old friends, meet a few new little people and share my love of books and drawings. The best part of the day was when, while illustrating on stage with a few kids, I needed to draw a road. I drew … Read more
Hey Baltimore! Come out this Sunday to see yours truly and Zetta Elliott at the 14th annual Baltimore Book Festival. We will be presenting BIRD, Sunday, September 27th at 1:00PM. Look for us at the Children’s Bookstore Stage. Now, to find that top hat and cane….
Today is the Philadelphia Free Library Festival! The city of brotherly love is hosting the Free Library Festival on April 18th. I’ll be signing copies of OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR at 1:30PM and BIRD at 4:00PM. If you’re in Philly stop by and say hello! There’s tons of literary royalty to be met that weekend. … Read more
There are some very cool book events coming up, including an interview on C-SPAN for OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR. If you are not on the mailing list and would like to be, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Friday I will be speaking with Deborah Taylor, the Coretta Scott King Award Jury Chair on OFF THE PAGE, a radio show about the world of books. I hope you can tune in! Also check out teachingbooks.net for more conversation about books and the people who are behind them. There’s a fun behind the … Read more