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Review of Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch

Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch by Heidi Tyline King; illus. by Ekua Holmes Primary, Intermediate    Putnam    40 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-101-99629-4    $17.99 American Beach in northeast Florida is now a protected part of the National Park Service, but it began as a private beach...
      

Review of Black Is a Rainbow Color

Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy; illus. by Ekua Holmes Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp. 1/20    978-1-62672-631-4    $17.99 A young girl sits on her stoop contemplating the colors of the rainbow, then notes, “But my color is black…and there’s no black in rainbows.” There is, however, black in...
      

Publishers' Preview: Picture Books: Five Questions for Angela Joy

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2019 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by “Black is a...
      

2019 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance by Ekua Holmes

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Ekua Holmes. Photo courtesy of Ekua Holmes.Congratulations to all of the 2019 awardees on the podium today. Along with you, I am deeply honored to receive this award, on its fiftieth anniversary, given in the name of Coretta Scott King — a woman whom I deeply admire for her work...
      

Profile of 2019 CSK Illustrator Award winner Ekua Holmes

Ekua Holmes is love. I am but one grateful member of an immense and inspired community that cherishes, and is beloved by, Ekua. At its heart, this community is local, centered on the place of Ekua’s birth — Roxbury, Massachusetts — via Arkansas and the U.S. American South, via Africa....
      

Review of The Stuff of Stars

The Stuff of Starsby Marion Dane Bauer; illus. by Ekua HolmesPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.9/18    978-0-7636-7883-8    $17.99From darkness, we experience the Big Bang, the birth of the universe, and the emergence of life on Earth. Holmes, known for her striking collage art (Voice of Freedom, rev. 9/15; Out of Wonder, rev....
      

The Stuff of Stars

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While on a recent drive across the state, I was listening to National Public Radio's Here and Now as correspondent Robin Young consulted with her high school choir director, Ron Cohen, about the composition of Handel's Messiah. During the conversation, Mr. Cohen described the technique that Handel employed to illuminate...
      

2018 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance by Ekua Holmes

Ekua Holmes. Photo: Clennon King.Good morning, and thank you, everyone, for being here to celebrate these awards and honors with us. To all the honorees, I feel like we are at a family gathering. Isn’t it fitting that this event takes place on a Sunday? In my family, Sunday was...
      

Profile of 2018 CSK Illustrator Award winner Ekua Holmes

Ekua Holmes. Photo: Clennon King.In late 2011, I acquired a collection of poems from Carole Boston Weatherford about civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer. I was overwhelmed by Hamer’s courage and persistence, and I loved Weatherford’s forthright, muscular poems about her. After a round of editing, I began the customary...
      

Out of Wonder

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Ekua Holmes burst on the children’s book scene in 2015 with her phenomenal debut, the multiple award–winning — including a Caldecott Honor — Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (written by Carole Boston Weatherford). But she didn’t come out of nowhere. She was an established fine...

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