Holiday Celebration with
Children's Book Authors & Illustrators
Sunday, December 15th
2 - 5 pm
LOCATION: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art& Storytelling 898 St. Nicholas Avenue
@ 155th Street, NY, NY
From a three-year old being wowed by Amy Sherald’s majestic portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, to showing the infinite possibilities of what a simple pen and sketchbook can do, to a young girl empowering her community by opening her own museum, to the love and comfort a child receives when she isn't feeling well, children's book authors and illustrators are creating memorable worlds and moments for young minds to engage and cherish. Join authors and illustrators Parker Curry and Jessica Curry (Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment), Christopher Myers (My Pen), Zetta Elliott (Milo's Museum), Shannon Wright (My Mommy Medicine) and others as they read and discuss their work at a fun-filled and informative afternoon for kids, parents and all! This program is a collaboration with the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling.
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A visit to Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry’s young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait. When Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald’s transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn’t just see the First Lady of the United States. She saw a queen—one with dynamic self-assurance, regality, beauty, and truth who captured this young girl’s imagination. When a nearby museum-goer snapped a photo of a mesmerized Parker, it became an internet sensation. Inspired by this visit, Parker, and her mother, Jessica Curry, tell the story of a young girl and her family, whose trip to a museum becomes an extraordinary moment, in a moving picture book. Parker saw the possibility and promise, the hopes and dreams of herself in this powerful painting of Michelle Obama. An everyday moment became an extraordinary one…that continues to resonate its power, inspiration, and indelible impact. Because, as Jessica Curry said, “anything is possible regardless of race, class, or gender.” The book includes a foreword by Artist Amy Sherald.
Parker Curry is three years old, and is a full-time Pre-K 3 student. She is precocious and talkative with a love for ballet and books. She lives with her mother, father, and younger sister in Washington, DC.
Jessica Curry is a New York Times published author, writer, work-at-home full-time mother to two little girls, Parker and Ava. Her blog, Happy Mama, Happy Babies—a motherhood and lifestyle blog that chronicles their adventures—has been mentioned in The Washington Post, The Grio, Heavy, Daily Mail (London), ESPN’s The Undefeated, and on the Emmy Award–winning talk show The Real by Tamera Mowry-Housley, further inspiring Jessica to share candid, honest moments and memories of Parker, Ava, and their family. She and her family live in Washington, DC.
Zetta Elliott: “I’m a Black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children. I was born and raised in Canada, but have lived in the US for over 20 years. I earned my PhD in American Studies from NYU in 2003. My picture book, Bird, won the Honor Award in Lee & Low Books’ New Voices Contest and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers. My young adult novel, A Wish After Midnight, has been called “a revelation…vivid, violent and impressive history.” Ship of Souls was published in February 2012; it was named a Booklist Top Ten Sci-fi/Fantasy Title for Youth and was a finalist for the Phillis Wheatley Book Award. My YA novel, The Door at the Crossroads, was a finalist in the Speculative Fiction category of the 2017 Cybils Awards, and my picture book, Melena’s Jubilee, won a 2017 Skipping Stones Honor Award. I am an advocate for greater diversity and equity in publishing, and I have self-published numerous illustrated books for younger readers under my own imprint, Rosetta Press. Say Her Name, a young adult poetry collection, will be published by Hyperion in 2020; two picture books, A Place Inside of Me from FSG and Awesome Chevonne! from Flyaway Books, will follow. “
Christopher Myers is an artist and writer who lives in New York. While he is widely acclaimed for his work with literature for young people, he is also an accomplished fine artist who has lectured and exhibited internationally. His practice can be divided into two categories, interventions in historical narratives and work crafted with artisans from around the globe from places as disparate as Egypt, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Brooklyn. The son of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers, award-winning illustrator Myers credits his appreciation of the importance of images to observing the objects and photographs his parents would bring home from auctions and flea markets: “little histories;” “other people's memories that get left behind.” Myers began his children's book career doing research to help his father, and went on to illustrate the elder Myers' Shadow of the Red Moon. In 1998, the two collaborated on Harlem, which was named a Caldecott Honor Book as well as a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Myers' solo effort, Black Cat, was also a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. He has since written and illustrated numerous books for young readers.
Shannon Wright: “I'm an illustrator and cartoonist based out of Richmond, Virginia. Some of my clients include The Guardian, TIME Magazine, NY Times, Mother Jones, NPR, Google and Scholastic. My first picture book, My Mommy Medicine, is out on shelves. My work tends to explore social issues like race and gender through a slice-of-life lens. I make personal and original stories invoking nostalgia rooted from my own childhood and life around me.”
My Mommy Medicine is a picture book about the comfort and love a mama offers when her child isn't feeling well, from renowned author Edwidge Danticat.
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