Monday, July 27, 2009

Picture Books by E.B. Lewis

I just came across two wonderful books by artist and illustrator E.B. Lewis. In one, he created images that deepen our experience of the Langston Hughes poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers. In This Little Light of Mine, a visual story that illustrates the meaning accompanies the African-American spiritual, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine." Lewis's masterful watercolors convey warmth, depth, and majesty. They speak to the soul and show us how powerful the combination of word and image can be.

You can find out more about his work at his website. Make sure your browser has a wide window open as the navigation is at the far right.

A report on E.B. Lewis's keynote at the New Jersey Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference on Tara Lazar's blog.

1 comment:

John Powers said...

E. B. Lewis has done illustration for books by Jane Kurtz notably "Fire on the Mountain" an Ethiopian story. From Kurtz's Web site there's a link to Ethiopia Reads an organization devoted to getting books into the hands of Ethiopian children.

I know I'm off topic, but think you might be interested, and in particular in Kurtz's essay about taking 12 educators to Ethiopia in 2007.

Your generous work in Making Books is important everywhere.