Kadir Nelson is one of my all time favorite authors/illustrators! He is an award-winning author, illustrator, and artist. I know his work on sight, and it is awe-inspiring every single time. It never ceases to amaze me and always steals my breath. His website sums it beautifully, “his sumptuous settings and characters, rich palette, and realistic, yet painterly technique speaks to both modern urban realism and masterly works of turn-of-the century American painters.”
Nelson is the author and/or illustrator of over 30 children’s books. Here are a few that I enjoy, but they are all wonderful.