White Water

Illustration © 2011 Shadra Strickland

White Water is illustrated by Shadra Strickland. Shadra studied, design, writing, and illustration at Syracuse University and later went on to complete her M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in 2009 for her work in her first picture book, Bird, written by Zetta Elliott. Strickland co-illustrated Our Children Can Soar, winner of a 2010 NAACP Image Award. Shadra is also the illustrator of A Place Where Hurricanes Happen (Random House, 2010), written by Renee Watson: a story of four children in New Orleans before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. 

Shadra travels the country conducting workshops and sharing her work with children, teachers, and librarians. She currently lives in Atlanta where she continues to work on books and personal projects.

"White Water is a wonderful way to give children an American history lesson..."
--Bill Cosby

 "...Michael’s discoveries remind us that we are interconnected and help us to believe in the possibilities for a better future. I can’t wait to share White Water with the children in my life…and come to think of it, I’ll be sharing it with the adults too."
--Melissa Harris-Perry
 Tulane Professor
MSNBC Contributor and Columnist for The Nation

 “Michael’s examination of the myths that rule his world should inspire modern readers to do the same.”

White Water is published by Candlewick Press. Watch the book trailer on YouTube.

© 2011 Michael S. Bandy & Eric Stein