CEDAR FALLS — Hundreds of first-graders from the Cedar Valley will participate in the 13th annual African-American Read-In from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus. This year’s featured guest is author and illustrator Janet Spivey-Gilchrist.
“The Great Migration: Journey to the North,” written by Eloise Greenfield and illustrated by Gilchrist, is her most recent picture book. It won the 2012 Coretta Scott King Honor Award. It also is a Junior Library Guild Best Book, a NAACP nomination, a Cooperative Children’s Book Center Best Books for 2012 and Georgia State nominee.
Gilchrist’s first children’s book, “Children of Long Ago,” written by Lessie Jones Little (1988) won the Parents’ Choice Award. She has illustrated over 73 award-winning books for children since then.