She wanted to show someone reading to children, and thought she'd like to show ME reading to children. I was speechless. And of course, I was thrilled! I love her work.
Julie asked me for photos of me reading to kids. The only photo I have is one of me reading to our daughter when she was a baby. Here's that photo (if you're wondering about the book, we're looking at illustrations in a children's literature textbook).
I sent her more recent photos, too. As we exchanged email about the art she was working on, she asked about a book that I'd like to be reading in the art, and I chose Simon Ortiz's The People Shall Continue. Permissions to use that worked out beautifully. Here's a screenshot of a portion of the article, and Julie's illustration of me:
I'm humbled, and delighted, and excited... a flood of emotions are racing through me! Thank you, Julie! This is a gift that I'll treasure always.
I've written about Julie's work several times and am pleased as can be to be in her portfolio.
Read the article in Teaching Tolerance, and order Julie's books for your home, classroom or library collection:
- We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers
- Wild Berries
- Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak Iii Swer/Owls See Clearly at Night
- Little You (written by Richard Van Camp)