E. B Lewis


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Juvenile Oversize 92 C692 Gr 2002

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Notes: Earl Bradley Lewis, a Philadelphia native, was inspired to study art by two artist uncles. As a child, Lewis attended the Saturday morning Temple University School Art League, run by his uncle, until his enrollment in Temple’s Tyler School of Art. During Lewis’s Tyler years, watercolor became his medium of preference. After graduation, he taught art, and continued to create and exhibit his own artwork. Currently he teaches illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has illustrated more than twenty-five books. Illustrating children’s books, says Lewis, “combines my two passions. I’m an educator and an artist, so what better way to bring art and literature together than in children’s books?” Lewis won the 2003 Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman. The King Award honors authors and illustrators of African descent whose books promote an understanding and appreciation of the “American Dream.” Prior to this distinction, Lewis had won three King Honor Book recognitions.