RIP Illustrator Floyd Cooper

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Children’s illustrator Floyd Cooper has passed away at the age of 64. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he has illustrated dozens of children’s books and was widely loved by the children’s literature community. Some of his books include Willie and the All-Stars and Juneteenth for Maizie. He won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award in 2009 for The Blacker the Berry, written by Joyce Carol Thomas. This spring two books he illustrated were released: A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day by Leah Henderson and Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, which was written by Carol Boston Weatherford and named a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award honor title. Check out his books on Hoopla or at the library!

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