The artist for this year's festival painting is the award-winning illustrator Floyd Cooper. His whimsical image for the 2004 festival is as imaginative as the act of reading, which lifts us, young or old, whatever our background, into a different time and place.Cooper is a wonderful artist. He is the illustrator of Danitra Brown Leaves Town by Nikki Grimes and Floyd Cooper which is on the Texas Bluebonnet Reading list this year. You can read more about him at HarperTeacher.com. His words resonate:
The poster will be distributed at the Festival.
Poster designed by Robert Sokol
"I feel children are on the front line in improving society. This might sound a little heavy, but it's true. I feet that children's picture books play an important role in counteracting all the violence and other negative images conveyed in the media."