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Illinois Libraries Present: A Conversation with Jerry Craft

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Conversation with Jerry Craft: From Mama’s Boyz to New Kid and Beyond

Prepare to be transported into the world of New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Jerry Craft. New Kid is the only book in history to win the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature (2020), the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature (2019), and the Coretta Scott King Author Award for the most outstanding work by an African American writer (2020). Craft has a unique ability to weave captivating narratives and bring them to life through his stunning artwork, and has earned a well-deserved place among the literary and artistic elite.

As an author, Jerry Craft’s words possess a magic that transcends the pages of his books. His stories resonate with readers, tackling complex themes with humor, heart, and a deep understanding of the human experience. Craft’s tales have a timeless quality that leaves an indelible mark on those who embark on his literary journeys.

But that’s not all – Jerry Craft’s artistic talents are equally remarkable. His illustrations breathe life into his narratives, transporting readers into richly detailed worlds filled with diverse characters and vibrant settings. Craft’s visual storytelling is a testament to his ability to capture the essence of his stories, making them come alive with every stroke of his pen.

Jerry Craft will be joined in conversation by Ronell Whitaker, a founding member of the Lit-X Teacher Cohort. Whitaker is the English Curriculum Director for Community High School District 218 in Oak Lawn, Illinois. He has over 15 years of education experience and is a champion for comics in the classroom. He has presented across the country at conferences and conventions on the virtues of comics in the classroom. Whitaker also sits on the Board of Directors for Reading With Pictures. He believes in comics, and he likes to think that comics believe in him.


Via Zoom. Please note, this event will not be recorded for viewing at a later date. Be sure to register and attend the live presentation to enjoy the fun!


This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present (ILP), a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). 

ILP is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email illinoislibrariespresent@gmail.com.


February 6
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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