By Lisa Von Drasek
“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.
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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