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Own Voices: Celebrating Diverse Children’s Books

November 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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The Society of Illustrators is proud to present Own Voices: Celebrating Diverse Children’s Books as part of The Original Art 2020 free online programming.

Led by moderator Pat Cummings, children’s book illustrators Vashti Harrison, Bryan Collier and Michaela Goade will discuss the importance of representation in children’s books and silver linings during this challenging time.


Author and/or illustrator of over 40 books, Pat Cummings teaches children’s book courses at Pratt Institute and Parsons and runs a summer Children’s Book Boot Camp that brings writers and illustrators together with top editors, art directors and agents. She serves on the boards of the Authors Guild, the Authors League Fund and SCBWI and also as Chair of the Founders Award Jury for the Society of Illustrators’ Original Art Show. Pat’s latest books include her debut middle grade novel, Trace, from HarperCollins and Where is Mommy?, a picture book from Holiday House. Find her at or on Twitter @PatCummingsBook.

Vashti Harrison is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author-illustrator originally from Onley, Virginia. She has a background in cinematography and screenwriting and a love for storytelling. She received her MFA in Film and Video from CalArts where she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now, utilizing both skill sets, she is passionate about crafting beautiful stories for children and young adults in the kidlit world. She is the author and illustrator of the best-selling middle grade collection Little Leaders, Little Dreamers, Little Legends, and the illustrator of the best-selling picture books Hair Love by Matthew Cherry and Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Vashti is also a two-time recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children. Find her at or on Instagram @VashtiHarrison.

Bryan Collier graduated from Pratt Institute  with a B.F.A in 1989 and is a world -renowned author and illustrator of children’s books. Collier is a NYT-best-selling author is a four time Caldecott recipient as well as a six- time Coretta Scott King Award winner. His latest illustrated book, written by Tami Charles is  “All Because You Matter”. Learn more at

Michaela Goade is an award-winning illustrator based in Sitka, Alaska. She is Tlingit, an enrolled member of the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and was raised in the rainforests and on the beaches of Southeast Alaska. It was there she learned a deep appreciation and love for the land, and her work today continues to explore these themes while honoring the beauty, strength and resilience of contemporary Indigenous Nations. She is the illustrator of recent picture books I Sang You Down From the Stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom (a 2020 Kirkus Prize Finalist), Encounter by Brittany Luby and Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy (winner of the 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book). Learn more at


November 18, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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