Liz Zunon, Shadra Strickland, and Vanessa Newton on Time for Kids’ List of Recommended Black History Month Books
February 9, 2017
In honor of Black History Month, Time for Kids compiled a list of eight new children’s books that honor black history and interviewed the authors and illustrators of these recommended picture books. TFK’s article was also featured on Essence.com. Three books that were illustrated by Painted Words artists made the list!
The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz Zunon, tells the life story of singer, actress, and civil rights activist Lena Horne. TFK interviewed the author, and she said that she hopes that Lena’s story can be “can be both an inspiration and a guide to overcoming obstacles.” The Legendary Lena Horne can be purchased here.
The Youngest Marcher, written by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, is the true story of the youngest known marcher in the Birmingham civil rights protests. Cynthia Levinson told TFK, “The story is also about knowing in your heart what is right and facing down your fear.” The Youngest Marcher can be purchased here.
2017 is the 50th anniversary of landmark civil rights case, “Loving Vs. Virginia,” which made it legal for people of different races to marry. The documentary picture book Loving Vs. Virginia, written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Shadra Strickland, tells the story of this famous case. TFK interviewed Shadra, and she told TFK, “It’s empowering to read about normal people who [are] able to find great courage and overcome challenges in life.” Loving Vs. Virginia can be purchased here.
Time For Kids Interviews Shadra Strickland On Loving Vs. Virginia
February 2, 2017
It’s Black History Month, and it’s also the fiftieth year of the landmark civil rights case “Loving Vs. Virginia,” which legalized the right for interracial marriages. In honor of that, a picture book documenting that important case has recently been published, Loving Vs. Virginia, written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Shadra Strickland.
Time For Kids interviewed Shadra about her artistic process in illustrating this book. Shadra discusses her inspiration, research process, and why she thinks this story is important and relevant in the modern world. Shadra told the Time interviewer, “It is very important for young people to read books like these where we see regular people who, in some cases, have very little power to stand up for themselves and fight a greater system.”
Noozhawk Includes Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born and Loving Vs. Virginia On List of Black History Month Books
January 30, 2017
Noozhawk, a Santa Barbara newspaper, has created a list of recommended books for young readers for the upcoming Black History Month. Included on that list were Loving Vs. Virginia and Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born.
Loving Vs. Virginia, written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Shadra Strickland, tells in verse the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, a young interracial couple in the 1950s who fought for and won the right for marriage between races. Noozhawk praises the beautiful poetry and Shadra’s illustrations, which they described as “vintage-style sketches…characterized by a loose, impromptu drawing style that reflects the honesty and energy of the couple’s journey together.”
Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born is written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison. This biographical picture book reveals the story of how the famous boxer got his start in boxing. Noozhawk calls Muhammad Ali, “lighter hearted and super fun…bold and cool,” and praises Gene’s narration for both showing Ali’s beginnings and his later battles for peace and equality.
A Kirkus Starred Review for Loving Vs. Virginia, illus. by Shadra Strickland
October 19, 2016
Our Painted Words illustrators are hitting it out of the park with Kirkus this month! Shadra Strickland‘s newest book, Loving Vs. Virginia, written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Shadra, received a starred review from Kirkus.
As indicated by the title, Loving Vs. Virginia tells the story of the case of an interracial couple in mid-century Virginia that fought to make their marriage legal, winning in a landmark case for civil rights and love. Kirkus praised the use of timeline, photographs, quotes, and other educational materials in the story, calling it, “A beautiful model of bookmaking.” They wrote of Shadra’s illustrations, “Strickland’s blue-, gray-, and yellow-toned illustrations have a strong retro feel and tenderly reinforce the written words.”