The Black Creators Series - Bringing books to your classroom community
Presented by Candlewick Press and the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University
Sonja Cherry-Paul

In this educator-focused series highlighting the work of Black authors and illustrators, Sonja Cherry-Paul, Director of Diversity and Equity at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, leads discussions with children’s book creators about their work and the powerful ways their books can live in classrooms.

Each discussion in the series will also be made available in our podcast archive page, as well as in the following platforms

Season 2

Thank you for making the first season of the Black Creators Series such a success! We’re pleased to announce the continuation of the series with season two. You’ll find the schedule below along with access to season one episodes and the corresponding podcasts. We appreciate your sharing this important work with colleagues and friends.

Kekla Magoon

Author of Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People and coauthor of X: A Novel.

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December 21, 2021 7:30 p.m. EST

Eric Velasquez

Illustrator of ¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! The Dance That Crossed Color Lines and Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library (both titles also available in Spanish).

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January 11, 2022 7:30 p.m. EST

Zion Clark

Co-author of Zion Unmatched.

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February 15, 2022 7:30 p.m. EST

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Author and illustrator of When We Say Black Lives Matter and The Patchwork Bike.

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March 15, 2022 7:30 p.m. EST

De Nichols

Author of Art of Protest: Creating, Discovering, and Activating Art for Your Revolution.

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April 19, 2022 7:30 p.m. EST

Charles R. Smith Jr.

Author and illustrator of Hoop Kings 2: New Royalty, Hoop Queens, and more.

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May 17, 2022 7:30 p.m. EST

Janet Costa Bates

Co-author of Time for Bed, Old House.

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June 21, 2022 7:30 p.m. EST

G. Neri

Authors of Polo Cowboy, Concrete Cowboy, and more.

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Season 1

Carole Boston Weatherford

Author of BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom, illustrated by Michele Wood

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Ekua Holmes

Illustrator of Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, by Carole Boston Weatherford

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Tami Charles

Author of Freedom Soup, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara

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Frederick Joseph

Author of The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person

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Kekla Magoon

Co-author of X: A Novel

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Sophia Thakur

Author of Somebody Give This Heart a Pen

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Michael S. Bandy

Co-author of Northbound: A Train Ride Out of Segregation, illustrated by James E. Ransome

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T. R. Simon & Victoria Bond

Co-authors of the Zora and Me trilogy

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