Nicely Done, DeKalb Library and City of Dunwoody (Plus An Additional Shout-Out to Laura Freeman!)

Nicely, done, DeKalb County Public Library and the City of Dunwoody. I enjoyed seeing this children’s book line the multiuse path in a contextually-appropriate spot at our city’s biggest park. It is child-height, in both English and Spanish, and includes a fun “eye spy” game on the other side. It also features children of color during Black History Month, so that’s all good. Bravo to the author, Anne Marie Pace (from Virginia), and illustrator, Frann Preston-Gannon (from the United Kingdom).

I’d like to make an additional shout-out to an award-winning Black illustrator named Laura Freeman who lives spitting distance from this display. Her books are gorgeous, timely, and important as well as hugely popular all over the world (plus I often wake up to her illustrations in The New York Times).

As they often have a Black History focus, they are perfect reads especially during Black History Month right now. You may even know them (they have earned enormous acclaim) without realizing that Laura is a local here in Dunwoody, Georgia, USA. (She was, in fact, a founder of the Dunwoody Community Garden and Orchard, right around the corner from where my photo was taken.) Below are the covers of two of them.

I have loved, and been inspired by, Laura’s journey since I first met her more than twelve years ago. We are lucky to have you in this community, Laura. Thank you for all you do.

Books illustrated by Laura Freeman. See her website here.

If interested, here is info about Laura from her website (click that link to go to her site to buy those two books, and more):

Originally from New York City, I now live in Atlanta with my husband and our two children. I received my BFA from the School of Visual Arts and began my career working for various editorial clients. I have illustrated over thirty children’s books, including Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly, the Nikki & Deja series by Karen English and Fancy Party Gowns by Deborah Blumenthal. In addition to illustrating books and editorial content, my art can be found on a wide range of products, from dishes and textiles to greeting cards.