Webinar Archive: Diversity in Children’s Literature

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This session was recorded on Thursday, November 5, 2015.


Join us for 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. A three time winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration, The NAACP’s Image Award, The Boston Globe’s Horn Book Award, American Library Associations’ Theodore Seuss Geisel Award, 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. He is available for lectures, guest teaching in after school programs, and for book binding courses. Christie is also available for murals, art workshops, and portraits upon request. For more information, visit www.gas-art.com.

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]


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 www.juliachuprich.com and tweeting, sometimes, @juliahuprich.

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