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I am incredibly honored to receive the Ezra Jack Keats Illustrator Award for BRICK BY BRICK. To me, the most powerful thing about Keats was his belief that all children need and deserve, to see themselves represented in books. 


Especially at this moment in time, I believe the healing power of books to spread hope, encouragement, and empowerment is more important than ever for the children, and people, of our world.

If you'd like to take a peek at the Awards Ceremony, check it out here:


I also participated in a Crowdcast with @booksofwonder in NYC. Visit


Thanks for sharing in my joy!

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