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Jump In! (Bloomsbury) by Shadra Strickland is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Jump In! comes out January 31, 2023.

Shadra Strickland

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Painted Words, Inc
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NEW YORK, NY 10025
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illustration of Black Girl standing on record with old fashioned gramaphone speaker on urban roof top, music, bipoc, expression
illustration of Portrait of Harlem Renaissance poet Countee Cullen for the New York Times Book Review, bipoc, african american, lgbtq,
illustration of young african american girl with dogwood flowers, from New York Times Book Review of The Love Songs of WEB Dubois, bipoc, moody, expression
illustration of inter-racial couple running through woods at night, bipoc, mixed marriage, landmark supreme court case Loving vs. Virginial love, diversity, freedom
illustration of Illustration for Washington Post Op Ed depicting black women in handcuffs with fetus behind bars.


Shadra Strickland studied design, writing, and illustration at Syracuse University, and completed her M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in 2009 for her work in her first picture book, Bird, written by Zetta Elliott. Shadra is passionate about promoting positivity through her work, and her ultimate goal as a picture book author and illustrator is to teach children how to live their dreams. Her style is a whimsical blend of reality and imagination, and she loves to create stories that children can see themselves in. Shadra travels the country conducting workshops and sharing her work with children, teachers, and librarians. She currently teaches illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.


Abstract, Acrylic, Digital, Impressionistic, Line with Color, Painterly, Pastel, Pen & Ink, Stylized


Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Editorial, Health, Historical, Icons, Landscape, Music, People, Political, Portrait, Romance, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Ethnic, Edgy, Urban