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Sarah S. Brannen and Ekua Holmes

Sarah S. Brannen (left) and Ekua Holmes spoke at the children's lit class at Harvard Graduate School of Education last night. Photos: Pamela Mason Sarah S. Brannen (left) and Ekua Holmes (right) spoke at the children's lit class at Harvard Graduate School of Education on November 10, 2016. Photos: Pamela Mason

During last night's class, we had two guests: Sarah S. Brannen and Ekua Holmes, both illustrators of information books we were reading for this week.

Sarah S. Brannen illustrated Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart and has nearly twenty books under her belt. Ekua Holmes has one book out so far: Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford.

We heard about how they got started in the field and Sarah brought along some examples of books in progress, including a dummy for Feathers. Ekua talked about growing up in Roxbury and how she balances working full time and creating her own art and illustrations using collage.

As often happens, we wished we had more time for questions, so both women graciously said we could post here. Go ahead and ask your questions in the comments. With luck, Sarah and Ekua will answer in kind.


Lolly Robinson

Lolly Robinson is a freelance designer and consultant with degrees in studio art and children’s literature. She is the former creative director for The Horn Book, Inc., and has taught children’s literature at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She has served on the Caldecott and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committees and blogged for Calling Caldecott and Lolly's Classroom on this site.


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