April is going out with a bang! Last week I was the featured artist at the 23rd Annual Conference on Children’s Literature as a part of the Ashley Bryan Art Series. I was hosted by the wonderful librarians of the Broward County Library, specifically the African American Research Library and Cultural Center. If you are … Read more
This Wednesday I will head to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to speak at the 23rd Annual Art Conference on Children’s Literature and the 2010 Ashley Bryan Art Series. My library talk is titled, “Through the Storm: Framing Social Issues in Books for Children”. I will discuss the visual devices used in my upcoming picturebook, A PLACE … Read more
Last week I was hosted by Mrs. Chrystal Carr-Jeter and the Cleveland Public Library in conjunction with BloomsburyUSA, for the opening of OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR, a traveling exhibition the 12 original paintings from the book. If you are in Cleveland, please stop by to see the work. Paintings will be on display until February … Read more
I finally wrapped my second book, A PLACE WHERE HURRICANES HAPPEN by Renee Watson. It debuts this June with Random House. In the meantime, I will be making three appearances in November. On November 12th, the Cleveland Public Library is graciously hosting an exhibition of the original artwork for OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR, which was … 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….
If you’re in Chicago this July, check me out at ALA. I will be singing with Lee and Low on July 13th and 14th.
What a looooonnnngggg week. Today was the book signing for OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR. There were seven artists who were available to sign books. What an amazing time! I don’t think I’ve ever been in a room with that much picturebook royalty at once. Each artist has such a distinct voice and is so very … Read more
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 … Read more
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