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Spotlight: Kadir Nelson


If you are not familiar with the work of Kadir Nelson, please keep reading. Known within elementary school circles, Kadir Nelson is an extremely talented artist and illustrator of children’s picture books. His work, which deals primarily with historical themes, was first brought to my attention when I discovered Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine. The illustrations in Henry’s Freedom Box have so much detail they literally leap from each page. The winner of countless awards (including 2008 Caldecott Honor for Henry’s Freedom Box), Nelson began drawing when he was three “displaying artistic acumen before he could write or spell.” According to Nelson, drawing “is part of my DNA.”  “I have always been an artist.” Ultimately, it is his early desire and belief in his ability to draw that ultimately drew me to his amazing illustrations. Kadir Nelson’s work is truly inspiring. tlb

Three of my favorites by Kadir Nelson:

Henry’s Freedom Box

Nelson Mandela

Dancing in the Wings 



About principalaim

Head of Lower School & Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Louisville Collegiate School

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