Children’s Literature Conference Artist Information
Marie Bradby is an award-winning children’s author and journalist. She has been a presenter at literature conferences and taught at writer’s conferences around the region. Ms. Bradby has an adventurous spirit. She has used her travels, her experiences growing up the ’60s, and her interest in African-American history as the themes for many of her books. Her first book, More Than Anything Else, the fictional story about Booker T. Washington’s struggle to learn to read — is the winner of the International Reading Association Award, the American Library Association Award, The Teacher’s Choice Award, and Best Book of the Year by numerous newspapers, and other awards. Her novel, Some Friend, where Pearl learns about friendship in color-conscious 1963 — received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Her book, All Aboard! The Belle of Louisville, was the Kentucky state selection for the National Book Festival. Her novel-in-progress, Little Fisherman: Voyage of the Kestrel, is the 19th century fictional story about 11-year-old Kofi who has lost his sister to the slave trade and has been sent to work on a British anti-slave ship in hopes of finding her. Ms. Bradby also writes features for Today’s Woman Magazine on issues important to working women. She is available for school visits, literature conferences, and book festivals. Ms. Bradby was born and raised in the Washington, DC suburbs and graduated from Hampton University, an HBCU. She lives in Louisville, where she was a staff writer for the Courier-Journal newspaper. When she is not writing, she enjoys pickleball, gardening, and travel.
To find out more about Marie Bradby, visit www.mariebradby.com.
Floyd Cooper, at three years old, began drawing on his family’s house with pieces of plasterboard left by his father who was working on the house. Now, with more than 100 children’s books published, Floyd has established himself as a master craftsman of children’s literature and illustration. He has received numerous awards and praise for his work, including the Coretta Scott King Award (The Blacker the Berry), three Coretta Scott King Honors (Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea, Meet Danitra Brown, I Have Heard of a Land), a NAACP Image Award (Mandela), a Jane Addams Peace Honor (Ruth and the Green Book), the 2011 Simon Wiesenthal Gold Medal (Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation), the 2012 Sankae Award of Japan (These Hands), the the 2018 Phoenix Award Honor (Tree of Hope). He is also the 2020 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award recipient!
His KWANZAA Forever 2018 Stamp Design is his first project for the United States Postal Service.
This Tulsa native now makes his home in Easton, Pennsylvania with his growing family: wife Velma, sons Dayton and Kai, daughter-in-law Melissa and grandson, Niko.
To find out more about Floyd Cooper, visit www.floydcooper.com.
Heather Henson was born and raised in Danville, Kentucky, and returned to her home state after many years of living and working in New York City as an editor of books for young readers. Her best known picture books include That Book Woman, illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winner David Small and Lift Your Light a Little Higher: The Story of Stephen Bishop, Slave-Explorer, illustrated by Coretta Scott King award-winner Bryan Collier. Henson is the recipient of the Jesse Stuart Media Award, the Great Lakes Book Award, and the Christopher Medal for Young People’s Literature. Her books have been finalists for the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, the Texas Bluebonnet Award, and the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award. She lives in Danville, Kentucky with her family, and runs Pioneer Playhouse, Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theatre, which was founded by her father in 1950.
To find out more about Heather Henson, visit http://heatherhensonbooks.com/.
Angela Johnson is an award-winning poet and children’s author with more than forty books to her credit. She began her writing career in 1989 with the publication of a picture book called Tell Me a Story, Mama, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. She has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, the Michael L Printz Award, and the Margaret A. Edwards award for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, she grew up in Alabama and Ohio. She lives in Kent, Ohio.
To find out more about Angela Johnson, visit www.ajohnsonauthor.com.