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Eric Velasquez 1961-

Eric Velasquez, the son of Afro-Puerto Rican parents, was born in Spanish Harlem and grew up in Harlem. His dual heritage coupled with living in dual cultures in New York City gives Eric a rich and unique cultural perspective. Eric’s first picture book won the Coretta-Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. In 2010 Eric was awarded an NAACP Image award and he was also nominated for a 2011 NAACP Image Award. Twice as Good, written by author and gallery owner Richard Michelson, was a finalist for the Harlem Book Fest Phillis Wheatly Award, and contains a blurb by President Barack Obama. Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library won the SCBWI’s The Golden Kite Award and The International Latino Award Honor.

Twice as Good, written by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric Velasquez

My Friend Maya Loves to Dance, written by Cheryl Willis Hudson and illustrated by Eric Velasquez

My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart, written by Angela Farris Watkins and illustrated by Eric Velasquez

See more of Eric’s work here.