Our next Zoobean Expert, Shadra Strickland, is preparing to release her newest book, Please, Louise, a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison! We are thrilled to invite Shadra to our #ZoobeanExperts series. In fact, we're so excited that we invited more friends to join us live...a classroom of first graders from DC Prep Charter School. This will be a dynamic, kid-friendly discussion.
Shadra is a celebrated illustrator, with several honors under her belt, including a Coretta Scott King Award for New Talent. Her work is gorgeous, and more than that, she has a unique perspective on the world of children's book illustration. Ask questions live in the hangout...and if you're home with kids, please bring them (and their questions), too!
Shadra Strickland studied design, writing, and illustration at Syracuse University and earned her M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for her first picture book, Bird (Lee & Low), and she co-illustrated Our Children Can Soar (Bloomsbury), winner of a 2010 NAACP Image Award. She is also the illustrator of A Place Where Hurricanes Happen (Random House), a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year. Her latest collaboration, Please, Louise is with Pulitzer-Prize winning author Toni Morrison, and her son Slade Morrison, which will be released on March 4, 2014. Shadra lives and works in Baltimore, MD where she teaches book illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art. You can find her on the web at www.ShadraStrickland.com
See you there!