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 … Read more
It’s such a good feeling when life comes full circle. Today I spoke at Parson’s School of Art and Design with David Ezra Stein and Nancy Paulsen. We were invited by Pat Cummings as special guests for her Children’s Book Illustration Class. The bulk of the talks were about breaking into the business and the … Read more
I have made a home for myself on Youtube. Check out www.youtube.com/shadrieka to see book trailers and clips from some of my appearances. I will also add demos and interesting art stuff over time.
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.
Great news, BIRD has been selected as a finalist for The Brown Bookshelf’s 28 Days Later Contest. Hurray! Here is an excerpt from the letter sent to Zetta Elliott announcing the great news: 28 Days Later is our much-anticipated initiative that will celebrate vanguard Black children’s book authors and emerging and established African-American authors who … Read more
This year I spent Thanksgiving with one of my best friends —FilmMaker, Nadirah Bell. It was my first time eating Tofurkey with miso…yum. I was also able to relax a bit and veg out on movies, tv, and books. I read BLACK GIRL IN PARIS by Shay Youngblood. went to see AUSTRALIA by Baz Luhrman … Read more
Here is the shiny new book trailer for BIRD. Enjoy!
Today’s issue of The New Yorker features an illustration by Barry Blitt of Barack and Michelle Obama standing in the oval office. Obama dressed as a Muslim and Michelle as a terrorist and/or black panther depending on where you’re coming from. What do people think? Offensive? This is what yahoo news says: This illustration provided … Read more