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Featured books by E.B. Lewis

E. B. Lewis creates arresting portraits of people through his watercolor paintings. Whether real and imagined, the characters come to life as do the settings he creates. Some surroundings, like swimming pools and family homes are familiar while others are more remote such as times long past or a mountainous region of Ethiopia. Regardless of when, where, or who Lewis illustrates, readers are sure to recognize themselves and their emotions in his paintings.

Circle Unbroken

By: Margo Raven, E.B. Lewis
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A grandmother tells her granddaughter the history of baskets, going all the way back to Africa. The circular history of a people and of families is suggested in gentle text and evocative watercolors.

Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

By: Nikki Grimes, E.B. Lewis
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

After aviator Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman is lost in a plane crash, those who knew her celebrate her life. Different voices come alive in small portraits and beautifully crafted full-page scenes as individuals tell stories in free verse to present Bessie's unusual and heroic story. A biographical note extends the introduction to this early aviator.

This Little Light of Mine

By: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This visual presentation of a familiar African American spiritual follows a young boy throughout his day.

Books illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Circle Unbroken

By: Margo Raven, E.B. Lewis
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A grandmother tells her granddaughter the history of baskets, going all the way back to Africa. The circular history of a people and of families is suggested in gentle text and evocative watercolors.

Coming on Home Soon

By: Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When Ada Ruth's mother goes to Chicago for a much-needed job during World War II, Ada Ruth stays with her grandmother in Grandma's rural home. Being apart is tough even though Ada Ruth knows it is in response to the war. Words and illustration combine to present a stirring portrait of longing, family, and love until mother and child are reunited.

Fire on the Mountain

By: Nina Kurtz
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This Ethiopian folktale of how a rich man is convinced to keep his word to pay a brave young shepherd has been effectively retold and illustrated. Watercolors not only complement the story but realistically evoke the rich setting for a version that is sure to appeal to a wide range of readers.

I Love My Hair

By: Natasha Tarpley
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

As an African American mother combs her daughter's hair, she not only helps the child see its possibilities but recognize its beauty. Rich imagery is created through accessible language and radiant watercolors as well as the loving relationship between parent and child.

Lily Brown's Paintings

By: Angela Johnson
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Lily Brown loves her family and the world they share, but she also loves to paint and travel the world through her imagination. Luminous paintings depict Lily's creative travels to the stars, the seashore, and more, before returning to her family.

Magid Fasts for Ramadan

By: Mary Matthews
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

It is the first day of Ramadan, but everyone tells Magid he is too young to fast. "You will fast when you are older," says his grandfather. When Magid decides he is ready, he keeps his decision a secret from his family — but were they right after all? Illustrations in watercolor portray a lovely Egyptian setting for the story.

My Best Friend

By: Mary Ann Rodman
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Lily tries her best to befriend an older girl during weekly visits to the pool but Tamika and her friend mostly just ignore the younger girl. In the end, Lily befriends a girl her own age and begins to truly enjoy the summer. Light-filled watercolors bring the children's emotions and summer activities to life.

Pitching in for Eubie

By: Jerdine Nolen
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Lily feels like she can't contribute to the family fund to help her sister Eubie's college fund. When Lily finds a way to help, her joy is conveyed through handsome, realistic illustrations and Lily's exuberant narration.

Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow

By: Robert San Souci
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Realistic illustrations and a straightforward retelling of one episode of the legendary Robin Hood's triumph in an archery contest provides a satisfying, accessible introduction to the heroic outlaw and his band of Merry Men.

Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

By: Nikki Grimes, E.B. Lewis
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

After aviator Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman is lost in a plane crash, those who knew her celebrate her life. Different voices come alive in small portraits and beautifully crafted full-page scenes as individuals tell stories in free verse to present Bessie's unusual and heroic story. A biographical note extends the introduction to this early aviator.

The Bat Boy and His Violin

By: Maryann Cusimano
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Reginald loves the violin, but his dad coaches the worst team in the Negro National League and needs a bat boy not a violinist. How Reginald combines his love of classical music with his father's need helps build the team as well as a stronger father-son bond and is presented through heartwarming text and watercolor illustrations.

The Negro Speaks of Rivers

By: Langston Hughes
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Dazzling watercolors turn Hughes' short poem into an unforgettable glimpse of African American history and an emotional journey through time. A concluding note details the illustrator's personal connection to the classic poem.

The Other Side

By: Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Clover and Annie — one black, the other white — are separated by a fence and attitudes that want to prevent their friendship.

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