Writer & Illustrator
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80 books to her credit, Jan Spivey Gilchrist's career as a fine
artist has spanned a quarter of a century. She has exhibited extensively
throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.
Ms. Gilchrist has won numerous awards and commissions throughout
her career, including the Coretta Scott King Award for
Nathaniel Talking, and a Coretta
Scott King Honor Book for Night on Neighborhood
Street. This book is also a Reading Rainbow Book.
Ms. Gilchrist has also written picture books which she also illustrated,
including Obama: The Day the World
Danced, the first picture book in the U.S. about the
historical election. She also wrote and illustrated Indigo
and Moonlight Gold and Madelia. Indigo
and Moonlight Gold is
treasured by many for its sensitive and moving text, as well as
the striking illustrations, and Madelia
is a beautifully illustrated story of an artistic young
Gilchrist has illustrated many of Eloise Greenfield's books, including
several award winners. The
Great Migration: Journey to the North was
named a 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, an ALA Notable
Children's Book, a Booklist Editors' Choice 2011 selection as
well as a 2012 Booklist Top 10 Black History Book, an IRA/CBC
Teachers' Choice, a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field
of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC), and on the New York Public Library
Books for the Teen Age. The Great Migration was also
a 2012 CCBC Choice, among the Chicago Public Library's 2012 Best
of the Best Books and Bank Street's 2012 Best Children's Books
of the Year and nominated for the Georgia Children's Book Award
as well as a NAACP Image Award. In the
Land of Words was named a 2005 Notable
Children's Book in the Language Arts (Children's Literature Assembly/NCTE).
When the Horses Ride By and
The Friendly Four
were chosen for the CCBC's (Cooperative Children's Book Center's)
2007 Choices. The Friendly Four
was included on the 2007 Texas 2x2 Reading List for ages
2 to grades 2. The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can
dominated Amazon as the #1 Hot New Release in Children's Africa
Books as well as in Children's Women Biographies, and it was also
a CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book. Yafi's Family
won a Skipping Stone Award, a Mom's Choice Award and was
a finalist in the Midwest Book Awards.
her collaboration with Ashley Bryan on the book, My
America, featured in The Road
to the White House, has been the inspiration for the
Bryan/Gilchrist Collaboration Award, given to the children who
can best work together on a collaborative enterprise.
Gilchrist is also the winner of the Zora Neale Hurston Award,
the highest honor given by the National Association of Black Storytellers,
Inc. and in 2016, she was honored with a 2016 Women
That Soar Award.
works by Ms. Gilchrist have appeared on national television, and
her illustrations have been featured or reviewed in the New
York Times, the Boston Globe,
the Washington Post, the L.A.
Times, USA Today,
the Chicago Tribune, Ebony
Magazine, and others. She was inducted into the International
Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent in October of 2000.
She was also inducted into the prestigious Society of Illustrators
Spivey Gilchrist has four degrees: a BS in Art Education from
Eastern Illinois University, an MA in painting from the University
of Northern Iowa, an MFA in writing for children from Vermont
College, and a doctoral degree in English from Madison University.
She also has a grown son, William, who as a boy was the model
she used for William and the Good Old Days
by Eloise Greenfield. She also has a daughter, Ronke,
Gilchrist and her husband, Dr. Kelvin Gilchrist, live in a suburb
of Chicago, Illinois.