So cool to meet award-winning author and illustrator C.G. Esperanza at ALA 2022!
He shows how he illustrated himself into the amazing story 'Soul Food Sunday' authored by Winsome Bingham @armyvetfive
His vivid, radiant graffiti-style illustrations are so engaging and reflective of Black and Latin culture. His work demonstrates a powerful, inclusive visual way to invite young readers to our stories.
Check him out!
We Are Here Lit! interviews Award-Winning Author Carole Boston Weatherford in honor of Women's History Month! We will celebrate her space in children's literature as an author who has given voice to Black historical people and places for all to learn. We also learn about her influence on her son Jeffery who is a Poet, MC, and Illustrator.
Javaka Steptoe, author and illustrator of Radiant Child, a biography of Jean-Michel Basquiat used collage elements to capture Jean-Michel’s multi-faceted visual style. He used paint, paper scraps, paint tubes, and photos on wood panels.
Check out the book to see if you can pick out the different materials used in Javaka’s collage work.
Our next few posts will show art, as requested by @g.is.for_great, an 8 year old budding artist.
Today we will show the incredible artwork and picture book illustrations of Black males by Ekua Holmes whose work was on display in the Boston Museum of Art.
Ms. Holmes makes art collages using newspaper, photos, fabric, and other materials to create colorful amazing art
What is collage?
Collage, is a French word, meaning 'to glue,' and is an artistic style using gluing and different materials to a flat surface.
You can use fabric and ribbon scraps, paper scraps, yarn, buttons, pasta, stickers, nature items, AND glue.
@g.is.for_great, can you create a collage? Let us know and we will post your art!
Next post...more artists who collage!
"I wanted to show that an African-American artist could make it in this country on a national level in the graphic arts. I want to be a strong role model for my family and for other African-Americans" --Jerry Pinkney
You did that and more...
Thank you, Mr. Pinkney.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
We Are Here: A Literary Space for Black boy and young Black men are featuring Afro-Latino authors, protagonists, and biographies.
Music sample: DJ Jigüe
Publisher & author Wade Hudson, author Tony Medina, Illustrator Gordon James, Patrick & Tiffeni from We Are Here Lit, discuss literacy narratives, writing, the state of literacy and Black boys, visual literacy, libraries, and encouraging words for young Black males.
WE ARE HERE will provide you book reviews, discussions, news, and programming about literature and literacy by and about Black males. This site will also feature vlog conversations on topics related to the promoting literacy and voice for Black boys and young men.