SCBWI Bulletin Cover

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 in Art

I’ve beenĀ a member (consistently inconsistently) of SCBWI since college. When I joined, I felt that I belonged to a community of other picture book makers throughout the world. Moving back to Atlanta away from my college art community, The Bulletin was an invaluable resource for me. Through the years I met other members of the SCBWI community online and saw their work and book deal news through The Bulletin, which was always inspiring. Imagine how thrilled I was to be asked to create an illustration for the cover of the fall bulletin. I chose to illustrate a young African American boy casually and innocently holding a kite in direct response to the reality that black lives do matter. He could be my son if I had one, but he is certainly representative of my cousins, my uncles, my brothers, my congressmen, my president, my doctors, my teachers, my friends…

As I mentioned on my fb page, I typically don’t make work with any agenda, but this time, I felt compelled to use the work to speak to something greater. So, without further ado, check out my cover and the original painting without cropping. Viva fall!!! Viva SCBWI!!


Many thanks to Sarah Baker for the invitation!


  1. AHAnto
    October 21, 2015

    A thoughtful,beautifully balanced piece. And if we absorb deeper meaning as we enjoy it, so much the better.

  2. Kiietti Walker-Parker
    October 21, 2015

    So proud of you and your work and your voice and your awareness! Rock on or rather create on!!

  3. Constance Lombardo
    October 21, 2015

    I love this artwork! I love his expression! Congratulations, Shadra!

  4. Kate Barsotti
    October 21, 2015

    It’s beautiful, and beauty has no agenda. It may have ripples that go outward for us today, but the core of the work is innocence and life and beauty, and that’s timeless.

  5. Julie Williams
    October 22, 2015

    This is a beautiful painting that resonates with love. I am thrilled to see it on the cover of the SCBWI Bulletin! Congratulations, Shadra, and thank you!


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