shipcover.jpgI know it kinda just started, but Kadir Nelson is having a pretty solid Aught 8 already. In January, the Nelson-illustrated “Henry’s Freedom Box” was recognized by the ALSC as being awesome when they slapped a Caldecott Honor medal on the cover. Decent way to ease into the new year. For his next trick, Mr. Nelson tossed his hat into the authorial ring (joining his hat already in the illustratorial ring) with the beautiful “We Are the Ship”. The response for that one? Universal acclaim. I’m pretty excited to say that in this Year of Kadir, the man himself will be making a stop by my place of residence. An exhibition of Nelson’s work opened up today at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. The show will run between now and April 19, with a book signing event taking place on April 18th. Click the logo below to read the specifics.


Little known fact: Gary D. Schmidt, author of “The Wednesday Wars” and “Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy” is a professor of English at Calvin.

Click here to listen to an NPR interview with Kadir Nelson.