On My Block: Stories and Paintings by Fifteen Artists
Written and illustrated by Fifteen Artists
Is there a corner of your block that you love to explore? A room in your house that holds a special memory? A piece of your home country that you particularly miss? A faraway place you've only heard about from an elder family member that excites your imagination? Children's Book Press asked fifteen gifted fine artists to portray, in words and pictures, the places and spaces most special to them, and On My Block is the remarkable result.
The places these visual artists have chosen to represent are moving, funny, and unexpected. Readers will soar from the rooftops of South Brooklyn to the adobe-colored desert of Taos Pueblo, from a basement in San Francisco's Japantown to a Mississippi Gulf Coast porch. A garden in Mexico overflows with blossoms while another in Tehran hums with the purring of thirty-two cats, and an empty lot in a bustling Havana neighborhood is transformed into a country farm.
On My Block is a celebration of community, an homage to neighborhoods across the world, and an exploration of past and present. The fifteen gorgeous paintings and stories ask you to ponder the places that comprise your world. What's on your block, down your street, in another country, that makes up who you are?
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About the Creators
Cecilia Álvarez, Carl Angel, Cbabi Bayoc, Kim Cogan, Maya Christina Gonzalez, Yasmin Hernandez, Felicia Hoshino, Sara Kahn, Conan Low, Joseph Pearson, Elaine Pedlar, Ann Phong, José Ramírez, Tonel, Jonathan Warmday
These fifteen artists portray the places that are most special to them. They come from many different backgrounds, and their works are shown in museums and art galleries throughout the world. They have also created the art for many award-winning multicultural picture books for children. Editor Dana Goldberg asked fifteen talented fine artists to ponder the places that mean the most to them to create On My Block: Stories and Paintings by Fifteen Artists.