I checked my email and all at once the rain became a symbol.
I read the Associated Press title twice: Children’s book illustrator Floyd Cooper, who painted positive images of Black History, dies at 65.
I was blessed to meet Mr. Cooper in Philadelphia at the African American children’s fair in 2019. After signing a couple of books for my class, he spoke very briefly about being an illustrator. I remember telling him about my students and the Nat King Cole lesson I was currently working on. He listened closely and even asked me to send him some of my work.
While we never got to work together, I am very happy I met such a wonderful individual who painted pictures of yesterday so our children of today could resonate with both worlds. I will keep his family in my prayers.
3.5 Stars When I learned that Judy Blume – my absolute favorite during my late childhood/ teen years – had released another novel, I tried not to get too excited. While I adore her young adult fiction – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Tiger Eyes, and Just as Long as We’re Together just to […]
I’ve been witnessing to Mr. Steptoe for awhile and praying that one day God will allow him to visit my church and it finally came to pass December 29th 2013! He came to church! I was very happy as you can see in the picture.
Javaka Steptoe is an illustrator and children’s book author. You can check out his work at http://www.javaka.com/