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It’s at the Kerlan: ‘These Hands’

By July 7, 2021July 29th, 2021The Kerlan Blog

By Lisa Von Drasek

Floyd Cooper These Hands original art interior

Floyd Cooper, “These Hands” original art

“These Hands,” written by Margaret H. Mason, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, Boston, HMCO, 2011; Kerlan Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries.

Floyd Cooper has won many prestigious awards for his illustrations, including the 2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for The Blacker the Berry, written by Joyce Carol Thomas (Amistad), plus three previous Coretta Scott King Honors, a Da Vinci Award, and an NAACP Image Honor. He has illustrated more than 80 books. Floyd lives in Pennsylvania.

These Hands by Margaret H. Mason cover, a man and a young boy tying shoes

Cover of “These Hands” by Margaret H. Mason: a man and a young boy tying shoes.

About Floyd Cooper

“Giving kids a positive alternative to counteract the negative impact of what is conveyed in today’s media is a huge opportunity.”

—From Floyd Cooper’s website

This is what Floyd Cooper has to say about creating children’s books. And his illustrations show his commitment to provide an affirming picture of his characters, despite the situations they might find themselves.  In this post, he describes the unique process he has devised to bring his characters to life.

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