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by Sam Juliano

E. B. Lewis is one of America’s pre-eminent picture book illustrators.  He won a Caldecott Honor for the austerely beautiful watercolor paintings in Coming On Home Soon that he negotiated in collaboration with Jacqueline Woodson, with whom he also teamed up for two extraordinary works, The Other Side and Each Kindness, the latter the winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor.  His work for Nickki Grimes and others has also brought on critical acclaim.  Lewis himself acknowledges in a passionate afterward, that though he had illustrated about sixty books, his assignment for All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom posed the biggest challenge of his career.  The plaintive nature of Angela Johnson’s spare and moving prose no doubt inspired the artist to create some of his finest work yet, at least equal to what he accomplished with Woodson. (more…)

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