You’re Invited: Diversity in Children’s Literature

Join us for the online event Diversity in Children’s Literature: A Conversation with Illustrator R. Gregory Christie on Thursday, November 5 at 2 p.m.
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On Thursday, we’ll have a conversation with award-winning children’s book illustrator R. Gregory Christie about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. We’ll talk with him about his work, his inspiration, and his recent projects.R. Gregory Christie has been working as an illustrator for over 20 years and has illustrated over fifty books for young adults and children. Christie has collaborated with clients such as The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vibe, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Kennedy Center, Marlo Thomas, Pete Seeger, Chris Rock, Queen Latifah, and Karyn Parsons on a variety of projects.

Mr. Christie is a New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year Award; he’s also a three-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration. Christie has also received the NAACP’s Image Award, The Boston Globe’s Horn Book Award, American Library Associations’ Theodore Seuss Geisel Award, the 2013 Ashley Bryan Illustrated Africana Children’s Literature Award and a 10 Books All Young Georgians Should Read Award in both 2014 and 2015. His illustrations have been featured on HBO Kids, PBS’ Between the Lions, on New York City’s subway cars for a year, on the 2013 Congo Square New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poster, and on the 2013 United States Post Office Stamp entitled, “Kwanzaa Forever”.

He currently works as a freelance illustrator and operates his autographed children’s bookstore GAS-ART GIFTS in Decatur, Georgia. For more information, visit

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [National Leadership Grants for Libraries – B4 – LG-07-14-0063-14]

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Author:Julia Huprich

Julia Huprich joined the Georgia Public Library Service in March 2015 as the director of Training and Continuing Education. Prior to becoming a part of the GPLS team, she served as the head of digital services and communications at the Cobb County Public Library System, where she built websites, bought eBooks, wrote press releases, developed tech exploration programs for the public, and drove her coworkers bananas with her unbridled enthusiasm. When she’s not at work, you can find her running marathons until her feet bleed and developing software as part of her second masters degree program. Since she never sleeps, you can also find her blogging, sometimes, at and tweeting, sometimes, @juliahuprich.

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