Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in Harlem, the son of Afro-Caribbean parents, Eric Velasquez spoke only Spanish until school days. He went from being a struggling reader to an award winning author and illustrator. He is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Stpetoe award, the Pura Belpre award, and the 2018 Walter Award at the Library of Congress for Schomburg: the Man Who Built a Library. His personal life and accomplishments are an inspiring story!
What others are saying about Eric
“Students…were in awe while watching Eric draw a portrait. A month later they are still recalling the experience and remembering what Eric taught them.” – Courtney Waring, Director of Education, Eric Carle Museum
“My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart, Booklist: ‘Prize winning artist Eric Velasquez is at his best here…he shows the affection that the child and her uncle share…this puts a human face on the legend!’” — Middleboro, MA