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Ekua Holmes

"Ekua Holmes is an artist and illustrator who received an education in art at the Massachussets College of Art and Design, where she continues her career as a community coordinator. She has a highly successful career as an exhibiting artist, and her work has not only earned grants through the Boston Foundation, but has been featured on Google's own landing page.

Ekua debuted the illustrative potential of her vibrant, collage-based art in Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer. In this book by award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford, Ekua's historic concentration on urban and African-American community underlines the powerful story of the civil rights hero. She is at work on a collaboration with Newbery medalist Kwame Alexander to be published by Candlewick Press.

Of her own work, Ekua writes  "Although much of [it] is set in an urban environment, these portraits of beloved Aunties, sacred gardens, and children at play, sing with lyrics as old as mankind."

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BLACK IS

A RAINBOW COLOR

"A treasure trove of positivity, strength, and pride for anyone seeking to uplift and educate young people."

-Horn Book (Starred Review)


 

"A must-have for children’s collections."

-Booklist (Starred Review)


 

"Both a beautiful celebration of black culture and an excellent first black history book for young children."

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)


 

"A moving portrait of a true patriot who found ways to use her gift to work for change."

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?)


 

"An essential purchase for nonfiction collections."

-School Library Journal (Starred Review) (What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?)


 

"Holmes’s illustrations are big, bold, booming, crisp, clear folk art collages."

-New York Tiems Book Review (What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?)


 

"In a brilliant stroke of visual imagination. . . Holmes uses the swirls and waves of marbled paper to represent the ebb and flow of cosmic matter."

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (The Stuff of Stars)

 

 

"Holmes' digitally assembled hand-marbled paper-collage illustrations perfectly pair with the text—in fact the words and illustrations become an inseparable whole."

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (The Stuff of Stars)

 

". . . free-verse love song to Earth, to the listener, and to all creatures is accessible to everyone living on 'one lucky planet, a fragile blue ball we call Earth.'"

-Booklist (Starred Review) (The Stuff of Stars)

 

 

"Whether expressing her own beliefs or speaking out on behalf of others, she made sure that she was heard—and young readers are encouraged to do the same."

-Booklist (Starred Review) (What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?)


 

"A multicultural masterwork."

-Booklist (Starred Review) (Out of Wonder)


 

"A magnificent exploration of the poetic imagination."

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Out of Wonder)


 

"Caldecott Honor–winner Holmes’s textured-paper collages use bold, angular forms and sunlit colors to spotlight poets and their subject matter."

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Out of Wonder)


 

"This unusual and successful volume is a valuable addition to school and classroom libraries for writing workshops and reading pleasure."

-School Library Journal

 


 

"Bold, unapologetic, and beautiful."

-Booklist (Starred Review)

(Voice Of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer)


 

"Bold, honest, informative, and unforgettable. "

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) 

(Voice Of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer)

 

"Hamer's heroic life story should be widely known, and this well-crafted work should find a place in most libraries."

-School Library Journal (Starred Review)

(Voice Of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer)

"An inspiring match of writing and art. Perfect for one-on-one sharing."

-School Library Journal (Starred Review) (The Stuff of Stars)