Zucker Family School students meet artists and authors

James Ransome has illustrated over 30 children’s books.   Contributed image

The Zucker Family School of Education has hosted award-winning artists and authors at local schools as part of the organization’s literacy initiative “Authors in Schools.”

One guest was James Ransome, an award-winning illustrator. His visit to Goodwin and Mitchell Elementary Schools launched the 2017-18 school year. He also visited Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School in September, explaining the creative processes behind some of the illustrations in their favorite books.

“When students have strong literacy skills doors open for their futures,” Judy Beard, principal for Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School, a Zucker Family School of Education partner school, said. “Getting to meet the people behind the books, like James Ransome, helps grow their love of reading making a connection between literacy and careers. We can’t do this alone, so our partnership with The Citadel is really important.”

Ransome has illustrated over 30 children’s books. He was recently included as one of the 75 “must know” authors and illustrators by the Children’s Book Council. His awards include the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, a Coretta Scott King Honor Award, the IBBY Honor Award, and an ALA Notable Book award.

“What I love about James Ransome’s books are that he captures the stories of real people and then his illustrations help you imagine what was like for them, African Americans particularly and the pioneering work they did and it’s inspirational to these elementary children about who they can be and the work of those who have gone before them,” Connie Book, provost and dean for The Citadel, said.

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