30 Incredible Black Children’s Book Illustrators

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano
2:55 pm
06/11/20

Need some fresh inspiration for your summer reading stack? We’ve got you covered. Below, we’re celebrating 30 Black illustrators whose stunning artworks have brought to life hundreds of incredible children’s books in a variety of spellbinding styles. From award-winning superstars who’ve been illustrating for decades (hello, E.B. Lewis and Pat Cummings!), to rising talents in the field (like Christian Robinson and Keturah A. Bobo), we’re putting some faces, names, and stories to some of the most vibrant kid-lit artwork around. If these talented folks aren’t already mainstays on your child’s bookshelf, we’re confident you’ll discover dozens of soon-to-be-favorites below.

Is an illustrator you love missing from our list? Feel free to let us know in the comments below, as we’ll be updating this list regularly!

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Kelly Starling Lyons

Fantastic list! Thank you for creating it. Daniel Minter, Don Tate, Floyd Cooper and Eric Velasquez would also be great to include.

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Janetha Edwards

Hello,

I’m not sure if you ever had Floyd Cooper appear in your notable illustrator section, but here’s a snippet found from wiki about him: Floyd Cooper is an American illustrator of children’s books. He is based in Easton, Pennsylvania and has worked with Jane Yolen, Nikki Grimes, Eloise Greenfield, Howard Bryant, Joyce Carol Thomas and many more. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma.

He’s amazing!

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