Photo credit GAS-ART

Award-winning children’s book illustrator R. Gregory Christie will be a featured guest at the Summer Reading Kickoff Party at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday  from 5 pm – 7 pm.

Christie is a seven-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustrators and an NAACP award winner with over 20 years of experience. He teaches art in after-school programs and is active in schools and libraries throughout the country.

He is no stranger to Cobb County Public Libraries. Staff members speak highly of Christie.

“I met Gregory when I worked at South Cobb Regional Library during a program in which he talked to kids about his art and his process when drawing. He was great with the kids. They loved him,” said Shannon Tyner, Virtual Librarian.

In the program, kids learned what went into his process as he illustrated Vaunda Micheaux Nelson’s Bad News for Outlaws, for which he won a Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration. The kids got to discuss the book, a biography profiling the life of former slave Bass Reeves, who was recruited as a deputy United States Marshal. They learned about the story and how he approached the artwork for it.

Books featuring Christie’s works in the Cobb library collection include:

Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan by Mary Williams, which received a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Illustration. The picture book follows an eight-year-old orphaned by civil war in Sudan who helps lead other boys in a journey that spans hundreds of miles seeking safety.

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, which won a Caldecott Medal for illustration. This nonfiction work following slaves in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana unveils a little-known piece of African-American history about finding hope in Congo Square, where on Sundays they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music to try and weather through their struggles and oppression together.

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan, which was chosen as an Honor Book for Illustration for a 2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration. The historical fiction book tells the story of a nine-year-old who witnessed the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike, which was Martin Luther King Jr.’s final stand for justice before his assassination.

The family-friendly May 25th Summer Reading celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, visit here.

For more books featuring illustrations by Gregory Christie in our collection visit

“R. Gregory Christie has more than 60 books to his credit. He currently freelances and owns GAS-ART Gifts (Gregarious Art Statements), a mobile autographed children’s bookstore that offers services to groups and institutions.”

Meet Children’s Book Illustrator R. Gregory Christie @ Cobb Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff Party at Cobb Civic Center, Saturday 5 pm to 7 pm
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