Acclaimed Illustrator E.B. Lewis to Speak to the Guild
Award-winning illustrator and fine artist E. B. Lewis will speak at the Guild's next monthly luncheon meeting on November 16th. Lewis has illustrated more than 70 books for children, including Coming on Home Soon, Jacqueline Woodson’s 2004 Caldecott Honor Award winner; Nikki Grimes’s Talking About Bessie, one of five books illustrated by Lewis that received the Coretta Scott King Award; Jabari Asim’s Preaching to the Chickens, a New York Times 2016 Best Illustrated Book and Kirkus 2016 Best Illustrated Book and the recipient of a 2016 Golden Kite Honor Award; Hester Bass’s The Secret World of Walter Anderson, 2009 winner of the Orbis Pictus Award; Jacqueline Woodson’s The Other Side, a 2002 Notable Book for the Language Arts; and Alice Schertle’s Down the Road, a 1996 ALA Notable Children's Book. Lewis has also received numerous other awards for his outstanding work.
Inspired by two artist uncles, Lewis displayed artistic promise as early as the third grade. Beginning in the sixth grade, he attended the Saturday Morning Art League and studied with Clarence Wood. Lewis later attended the Temple University Tyler School of Art, where he discovered that his medium of preference was watercolor.
During his four years at Temple, Lewis majored in graphic design, illustration and art education. After graduating, he taught art in public schools for 12 years. Currently, Lewis teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He is also a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City, and he is an artist member of the Salamagundi Art Club of New York.
In 2003, the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota purchased a selection of original watercolors from Lewis’s first 50 children’s books. Today his works are displayed in museums, owned by private collectors, and sold by art galleries throughout the United States and Europe.
The Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C., has selected Phillip Hoose as its 2018 Nonfiction Award Winner. The award, given annually since 1977, honors authors or illustrators whose total work has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children.
Hoose’s books explore important topics through protagonists whose stories compel readers “to turn to the next page because they want to know what’s going to happen to someone or something they care about,” Hoose told Book Links. His protagonists range from teenagers like Claudette Colvin and Knud Pederson to the tiny red knot bird and the great ivory billed woodpecker. “I like to find stories that have not been told that I think will inspire young readers,” says Hoose.
Hoose has won numerous honors for individual books. Claudette Colvin: Twice toward Justice, the story of an impassioned teenager who refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, won the National Book Award as well as Newbery and Robert F. Sibert Honor Awards. Hoose won another Robert F. Sibert Honor Award for his most recent title, The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pederson and The Churchill Club, the story of teens who challenged the German occupation of Denmark.