Gordon C. James was born in Washington, DC and has been pursuing an art career ever since attending high school at Suitland Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Forestville, Maryland. From there he went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Crown- An Ode To The Fresh Cut garnered several esteemed medals, including a Newbery and Caldecott honor. Gordon has illustrated other children’s books in prior years and continues to do so. Gordon’s work is soulful, emotive and technically sound. He tells stories with each stroke of his brush.
James currently resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Ingrid, their children Astrid and Gabriel, and their dog Rascal.
2018 Caldecott Honoree, Gordon C. James, discusses influences & inspirations for his work.