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Ekua Holmes

About Ekua Holmes

Ekua Holmes is the winner of the 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth and published by Candlewick Press. Her acceptance speech was delivered at the annual conference of the American Library Association in New Orleans on June 24, 2018. She is also the winner of a 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Illustrator Honor Award for Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (Candlewick).

2018 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance by Ekua Holmes

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 the day for family and God. Set apart from […]

Voice of Freedom: Illustrator Ekua Holmes’s 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

I am extremely honored to be here. Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine work that I’ve done being honored in this way. It’s my maiden voyage. I’m so fortunate that I worked with an amazing publisher, Candlewick; I worked with an amazing and prolific author, Carole Boston Weatherford; and I worked on an […]