Thank you, Mr. Floyd Cooper

This morning I woke up to the sound of rain.

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.

Ms. Tami Charles, Ms. Nikki Grimes and Mr. Floyd Cooper in 2019

Review: In the Unlikely Event — Shelly’s Bookshelf

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 […]

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Javaka Steptoe came to Church!

Jakava came to church


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

Happy Valentine’s Day

This is a picture of  children’s book illustrator, Sean Qualls and his beautiful family. I took it at the African-American Children’s book fair and saved it for this day.

Their children are so cute and comical. They have so much spunk. The little boy drew me a picture and signed it. His signature looks just like his dads…only child-like.

Anyways, enjoy your day!