Houseful Of Black History | Faith Ringgold – Artist

Faith Ringgold - Children's Author

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 1930s 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.

You can almost automatically tell a book illustrated by Ringgold, which are often based on quilts of her grandmother. As someone who has now completed a whole six quilts in her life, I can tell you that the books are full of stories and great memories, because the quilts I made are certainly full of them. From the careful cutting of the pieces to the creation of the quilt top. And the final process of quilting the pieces together and binding. It’s all a very big ritual and one full of love and creativity.

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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    Arelis Cintron @DjRelAt7
    February 15, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I think I’ve heard of The Three Witches

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