SHE WAS THE FIRST
"Velasquez’s vibrant watercolor illustrations capture Chisholm’s determination and passion for improving life for Americans with the fewest advantages."
"Velasquez's watercolor illustrations give a good sense of Depression-era Brooklyn and Barbados as well as emphasizing Chisholm's closeness to her family."
"Velasquez’s watercolor illustrations are full of life, using texture and light to capture vivid and varied scenery, personalities, and emotion."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Russell-Brown, with the help of Velasquez’s expressive watercolor art, vividly brings Chisholm’s experiences to life with storytelling that will appeal to a wide variety of ages—those both aware and unaware of her legacy."
-School Library Journal
"[A] very handsome addition to the growing collection of RBG literature for young readers."
-Publishers Weekly (Ruth Objects)
"A welcome addition to any library’s picture book biography collection."
-School Library Journal (Ruth Objects)
"Velasquez’s paintings ably mix personal moments and monumental poses. . . ."
-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (Ruth Objects)
"Velasquez’s arresting jacket portrait of Ginsburg, superimposed on a facsimile of the U.S. Constitution, conveys a woman of purpose. . . ."
-Booklist Online (Ruth Objects)
"Per series formula, there is no title on the front cover—just Velasquez's oil portrait depicting her intensity and serious demeanor. Interior illustrations focus on Ruth in every phase of her life and perfectly match the text."
-Kirkus Reviews (Ruth Objects)
"Velasquez’s striking paintings may fill the whole space or be divided into panels depicting a series of events."
-Booklist (Ruth Objects)
"Eric Velasquez's dramatic illustrations allow readers to even further connect with the era being portrayed, leading to a meaningful framework that will help readers understand the speeches' importance."
-Booklist (Starred Review) (Strong Voices)
"An important addition to American history collections."
-School Library Journal (Strong Voices)
Winner in the Books for Younger Readers Category (New Shoes)
Winner of the 2016 Jane Addams Peace Prize (New Shoes)
"Schomburg’s ambitions, scholarship, and accomplishments were tremendous . . . and Weatherford and Velasquez more than do justice to them."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Schomburg)
"This excellent work of history illuminates Schomburg and his legendary collection for a new generation."
-School Library Journal (Starred Review) (Schomburg)
"The remarkable life and achievements of the Afro-Puerto Rican scholar, collector and curator Arturo Schomburg have ideal chroniclers in Weatherford (Freedom in Congo Square) and Velasquez (Grandma’s Gift)."
-The New York Times (Schomburg)
"Two African-American scholars have written a poetic biography of Arturo Schomburg, the immigrant who created a library in Harlem to prevent the disappearance of African voices from history."
-Shelf Awareness (Starred Review) (Schomburg)
"A must-read for a deeper understanding of a well-connected genius who enriched the cultural road map for African-Americans and books about them."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Schomburg)
"Velasquez’s portraits of these talents are consistently heroic, while pictures of Schomburg himself . . . are warm and full of pride."
-Booklist (Starred Review) (Schomburg)
"Picking up Schomburg's torch almost a century later, Weatherford and Velasquez are continuing to ensure that African history isn't lost."
-Shelf Awareness (Schomburg)
"A wide-ranging collection of speeches and a worthwhile resource for students of American history."
-Booklist (Starred Review) (Strong Voices)
"A golden celebration of the multicultural voices who demand that the U.S.—and the world—do better."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Strong Voices)
"A hilarious read-aloud that could be read during storytime."
-School Library Journal (Starred Review) (Octopus Stew)
"Sometimes calling to mind old-time photographs, Velasquez's pleasingly grainy pastels easily convey the movement and speed, determination and triumph at the core of Owens's uplifting story."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive)
"Using pastels on rough paper, Velasquez mixes scenes of the muscular Owens in action with vignettes of other significant moments, aptly capturing the drama and excitement of the occasion."
-Kirkus Reviews (Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive)
"With love and humanity, Velasquez once again affirms young Black Latinx boys' identities and family experiences."
-Horn Book (Starred Review) (Octopus Stew)
"Realistic oil paintings bring to life the action and excitement of encountering a giant octopus."
-Booklist (Octopus Stew)
"Oil paintings . . . have a lush, generously sculptural feel—a heightened comic realism that’s perfect for this domestic tall tale, its multi-armed nemesis, and the wonderful gatefold twist that occurs at the action’s height."
-Publishers Weekly (Octopus Stew)
"A delightful modern tall tale sure to entertain and inspire readers to share (and embroider) their own stories."
-Kirkus Reviews (Octopus Stew)
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