Charly Palmer is a graphic designer, illustrator, and the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Award winner for Mama Africa! As a child, he was fascinated by Ezra Jack Keats’s illustrations for The Snowy Day, which inspired Charly’s own use of color and geometric shapes. He studied art and design at the American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago. charlypalmer.com
Kathryn Erskine; illustrated by Charly Palmer
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
A harrowing picture biography of civil-rights activist and Grammy Award-winning South African singer Miriam Makeba. National Book Award-winning author, Kathryn Erskine, pairs up with newcomer Charly Palmer to convey Makeba's contributions to the anti-Apartheid movement, including her work with Nelson Mandela.