Black History Month Author Series: Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold

Born: October 8, 1930 (age 82), New York City
Awards: Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Award for Illustrators, Jane Addams Chldren’s Book Awards for Picture Book
Nominations: Coretta Scott King Award for Illustrators, Jane Addams Chldren’s Book Awards for Picture Book
One of my favorite books to read to the cellist when he was younger was Tar Beach by Ms. Ringgold. The colorful illustrations as Cassie flies over her city of Harlem in the late 1930’s really captivated ME. Every now and again, I’ll catch the cellist reading the book to the ladybug and the twizzlers, and it makes me smile.
Tar Beach
You can almost automatically tell a book illustrated by Ringgold, which are often based on quilts of her grandmother.
Have you read any of Ms. Ringgold’s books? I think you should! Here is a complete list of those she’s penned and illustrated with others.
Tar Beach,
Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky
We Flew Over The Bridge: Memoirs of Faith Ringgold
Talking To Faith Ringgold, by Faith Ringgold, Linda Freeman and Nancy Roucher
7 Passages To A Flight, an artist’s book
Bonjour Lonnie
My Dream of Martin Luther King
The Invisible Princess
If a Bus Could Talk
Counting to Tar Beach
Cassie’s Colorful Day
Cassie’s Word Quilt
O Holy Night: Christmas with the Boys Choir of Harlem
The Three Witches by Zora Neale Hurston illustrated by Faith Ringgold
Bronzeville Boys and Girls (poetry) by Gwendolyn Brooks illustrated by Faith Ringgold
What Will You Do for Peace? Impact of 9/11 on New York City Youth, InterRelations Collaborative

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