Between the covers: A new generation of African American authors and illustrators


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A new generation of sixteen emerging and award winning African American authors and illustrators of children's literature are featured.

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  • Teacher at Cass Tech.Children’s Lit authors see Dana Davidson as a trailblazer. Her first novel, Jason and Kyra, was one of the first romance novels to feature middle-class African-American characters. Played, takes a unique look at the influence of underground high school fraternities.
  • Talks about his excitement of seeing his first book March On on the shelf of Barnes and Nobles…went home to get camera to have his picture taken.
  • First book was Saturday at the New You (1994). She also loves sports and the character in Allle’s Basketball Dream (1996) is based on herself.
  • Came on scene few years ago…has illustrated several books. He says it can take him any where from 6 months to 2 years to illustrate a book. Can work on 2 or 3 books at a time.
  • Known as author of young adult literature. Written 5 adolescent novels and historical fiction…CSK New talent award in Camo Girl selected for Kirkus reviews 2011 best books for children. Today the World is Watching You – about the Little Rock NineTeaches writing in New York…
  • Discuss Just for You books as culturally relevant leveled readers
  • Between the covers: A new generation of African American authors and illustrators

    1. 1. NBCDI 42nd Annual Conference Fort Lauderdale, Florida October 6-9, 2012 Jonella A. Mongo, Ph.D. Toni S. Walters, Ph.D. Vivian G. Johnson, Ph.D.
    2. 2. TALENTED AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS OF A NEW GENERATION  Dana Davidson  Nancy Devard  London Ladd  Christine Taylor-  Barbara E. Barber Butler  Sean Qualls  Tanita Davis  Kekla Magoon  Greg Neri  Hope Anita Smith  Victoria Sanders  Deshawn Snow  Randy Duburke  Ricky Scott  David Perrin III  KC
    3. 3. DANA DAVIDSON Author of two novels for young adults, Jason and Kyra and Played, Dana Davidson continues to motivate and inspire teen readers.
    4. 4. LONDON LADD Started to draw in his late teens, London Ladd is an inspired artist influenced by N.C. Wyeth, John Singer Sargeant and Dean Cornwell.
    5. 5. BARBARA E. BARBER Since visiting a hair salon at 11 years old, Barbara Barber looks to inspire readers to love their beautiful hair.
    6. 6. SEAN QUALLS Brooklyn based and award winning, Sean Qualls has illustrated for names such as Spike Lee and Toni Morrison.
    7. 7. KEKLA MAGOON As a non-profit professional in New York City, Kekla Magoon understood how to reach young people. She is an ALA Coretta Scott King New Talent Award Recipient and an NAACP Image Award nominee.
    8. 8. NANCY DEVARD A best selling illustrator, Nancy Devard is a Temple University graduate and former Development Engineer.
    9. 9. TANITA DAVIS Bay Area native, Tanita Davis currently lives in Glasgow, Scotland. She finds inspiration by listening to the world around her.
    10. 10. GREG NERI Greg Neri is a teen fiction writer. He has written, produced, and directed an independent feature film called A Weekend with Barbara and Ingrid.
    11. 11. RANDY DUBURKE In 2003, Randy DuBurke was awarded the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe award. Having lived in Georgia and New York, DuBurke currently lives in Switzerland.
    12. 12. CHRISTINE TAYLOR-BUTLER Christine Taylor-Butler has won many awards including Barnes & Noble Review Best Childrens Books of the Year. She is a passionate writer that looks to overcome stereotypes of multi-cultural children in children’s books.
    13. 13. HOPE ANITA SMITH An award winning author, Hope Anita Smith has been a storyteller, teacher, photographer, artist and a singer.
    14. 14. ALLISON WHITTENBERG Allison Whittenberg is an author, poet and playwright. Her plays include The Bard of Frogtown and I Don’t Dance.
    15. 15. DESHAWN SNOW & DAVID PERRIN III Philanthropist and television personality, Deshawn Snow has created a Christian book series centered around the character Lil Shawnee. Illustrator and designer from Detroit, Michigan David Perrin III was a comic book artist for Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics and other major publishers. He conceives and designs toys and award winning packaging.
    16. 16. KC & RICKY SCOTT erview_pearson.php
    17. 17. ~A Tribute To Leo Dillon~ First African-American to win theCaldecott Medal for children’s books