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2021 Multicultural Children’s Literature Celebration

April 19, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT

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The Multicultural Children’s Literature Celebration annual event is offered through the Antioch University Seattle School of Education whose Social Justice Initiative brings young readers and renowned authors and illustrators together to enrich their lives through celebration of the power of story, to ensure ALL children are honored.

This year’s Celebration is 100% online! This allows schools and families to join us from anywhere in celebration of these amazing multi-award-winning artists.

Monday, April 19, 2021
Event Begins at 9:00 am (PT) | 12:00 pm (ET) 

FREE Live event, Open to Seattle Schools and the General Public

We will feature one artist per hour. Authors and illustrators will discuss their newest books and engage the children and families in fun activities!

R. Gregory Christie: 9:00 – 9:50
Traci Sorell: 10:00 – 10: 50
Kao Kalia Yang : 11:00 – 11:50
Carole Boston Weatherford: 1:00 – 1:50

Authors/Illustrators and Their Featured Works

The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre –  by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Rose, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer by Traci Sorell 

Bad News for Outlaws: Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy US Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie 

Watch this space for further author announcements!

This free author event is 100% supported by book sales.

Antioch Seattle has partnered with an independent publisher, Lerner Publishing (LPG), and a Seattle independent bookseller, Secret Garden Books, for this event. Your purchases support both independent businesses and artists; both have been greatly impacted this year by pandemic closures.

Support these artists and independent organizations by ordering each featured book. Just as in previous years, Antioch Seattle pledges that proceeds from this event will go toward purchasing books for local under-resourced school libraries. Your purchase supports this community effort.

Register for this event

Teachers and Librarians: Questions? Contact: [email protected]

Zoom link to the event will be sent after registration and closer to the event date.

Ask the Artists!  Download the Event Flyer


R. Gregory Christie

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R. Gregory Christie

R. Gregory Christie is an award-winning, children’s book illustrator, and lecturer with a long track record of creating uniquely inspiring moments through art. He is a NAACP Image award winner and was the artist for the United Postal Service’s Kwanzaa Stamp in 2013. He’s done everything from John Coltrane album covers to animated films on Netflix.

Carole Boston Weatherford

Photo Credit: Gerald Young

Carole Boston Weatherford

New York Times best-selling author Carole Boston Weatherford recently released the 2021 Caldecott Award-winning title R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Her 50-plus books include the Caldecott Honor winners Freedom in Congo Square, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. She won a Coretta Scott King Author Honor for Becoming Billie Holiday, NAACP Image Awards for Mosesand for Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, and an SCBWI Golden Kite and WNDB Walter Award for Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library. Baltimore-born, Weatherford teaches at Fayetteville State University In North Carolina.

Kao Kalia Yang

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Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang is an award-winning Hmong-American author of A Map Into the World and The Most Beautiful Thing. Yang has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the PEN USA literary awards, and the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize. Her children’s books have been listed as an American Library Association Notable Book, a Zolotow Honor, and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. Kao Kalia Yang is a recipient of the McKnight Fellowship in Prose, the International Institute of Minnesota’s Olga Zoltai Award for her community leadership and service to New Americans, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ 2019 Sally Award for Social Impact.

Traci Sorell

Photo Credit: Kelly Downs

Traci Sorell

Cherokee Nation citizen and award-winning author Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction books, short stories, and poems for children. A former federal Indian law attorney and advocate, Traci lives with her family in northeastern Oklahoma where her tribe is located. Find out more about her work online at or @tracisorell via Twitter and Instagram.

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