Thursday, October 2, 2008

We Are the Ship

by Kadir Nelson

You gotta see this one! Kadir Nelson is the illustrator last year's Caldecott Honor and CSKing Illustrator Award for Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. This year he presents We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro Baseball League. It's getting serious Caldecott buzz (plus Newbery buzz as well: Nelson is the author, too).

Each chapter has several full color, two page oil paintings. Many are painted from old photographs at the National Baseball Hall of Fame or the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, but the life Nelson brings to the subjects is breathtaking. Check out the way he uses light, or the way he makes each ballplayer's face individual and unique even in the large group pictures.

We just put it on order, so get your hold in!


Jill Corrente said...

Thanks for getting this one into the collection. It got rave reviews at the ALSC Institute. More than one person (all formerly Caldecott committee members) said that they thought it was award-winning material. Can't wait to see it!

Elisabeth said...

I had never read Moses When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom and I just finished it. What a beautifully powerful book. I will definitely be putting this into as many hands as I can! As his newest fan, I can't wait to look at Kadir Nelson's latest.