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Review of The Stuff of Stars

The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer; illus. by Ekua Holmes Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 9/18    978-0-7636-7883-8    $17.99 From 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. 5/17) […]

The Stuff of Stars

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 the word exalted in the section […]

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 […]

Profile of 2018 CSK Illustrator Award winner Ekua Holmes

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 conversation with the art department about what the eventual […]

Out of Wonder

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 artist in Boston before she […]

Review of Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth; illus. by Ekua Holmes Intermediate, Middle School, High School    Candlewick    50 pp. 3/17    978-0-7636-8094-7    $16.99 The title of this innovative poetry collection comes from Lucille Clifton, who wrote, “Poems come out of wonder, not out of […]

“The Art of Ekua Holmes” exhibit

Last evening was the opening of “The Art of Ekua Holmes” exhibit, featuring original paintings from her books Voice of Freedom and Out of Wonder, at Simmons College’s Trustman Art Gallery. Friend of the Horn Book Megan Dowd Lambert tweeted many photos of the exhibit (including one of the artist in conversation with our Creative […]

Hbook Podcast 2.8 – Special Guest Ekua Holmes

Siân chats with artist and illustrator Ekua Holmes about sparc! The Artmobile, art in the community, and her newly illustrated work, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth. Other books we talk about Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford Links […]

Out of Wonder

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets is an unusual book: a collection of original poems by three contemporary poets celebrating the work of twenty established poets, from Rumi to Gwendolyn Brooks to Naomi Shihab Nye. Just looking at the cover is enough to see that illustrator Ekua Holmes (winner of, among other awards, a 2015 Caldecott Honor for […]

People making a difference

During the month of January, we’ll be celebrating people who have Made a Difference through their good work. Each day, we’ll highlight a book about someone who has effected positive change, with a roundup on Fridays. Follow the hashtag #HBMaDJan17 @HornBook and Facebook.com/TheHornBook or click on the tag here: #hbmadJan17 Today we’ll start with Fannie […]