African American Chidren’s Book Festival Recap

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 in Artists, Book Fair, Fieldwork | No Comments

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 […]

African American Children’s Book Festival

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 in Book Fair | No Comments

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, […]

Penn Center and NBAF

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 in Book Fair, Fieldwork, Research, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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 […]

Southern Festival of Books Wrap-Up

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 in Book Fair, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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 […]

Road Trip!

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 in Book Fair, Books, Events | No Comments

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!) […]

Baltimore Book Fair Recap

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 […]

Baltimore Book Fair

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 in Art, Book Fair, Books, Fieldwork, Signings, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

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….

Go Philly!

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 in Book Fair, Interviews, Media, Signings | No Comments

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. […]

Spring News!

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

Over the Airwaves

Posted on Mar 19, 2009 in Book Fair, Interviews | No Comments

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 for more conversation about books and the people who are behind them. There’s a fun behind the […]

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