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Ekua Holmes 1955-

Ekua Holmes’ first picture book, Voice of Freedom, Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement garnered a Caldecott Honor, a Robert F. Sibert Honor, and the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe award for New Talent. Holmes’ was awarded the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award in 2018 for Out of Wonder and her second Coretta Scott King Award for her third book, The Stuff of Stars.

Holmes launched The Roxbury Sunflower Project, in which she facilitated the planting of 10,000 sunflower seeds in her native Roxbury, MA and she was awarded the New England Foundation for the Arts 2021 Newell Flather Awards for Leadership in Public Art.

The Art of Ekua Holmes:​ Paper Stories, Layered Dreams is currently on view at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts until January 23, 2022.

Additional works by Ekua Holmes are now on view at Cousen Rose Gallery in Oak Bluffs through September, 2021.

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes

What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? written by Chris Barton, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Out of Wonder, written by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Original Artwork for Philadelphia Free Library Literacy Festival Poster

See more of Ekua’s work here.