Laura Amy Schlitz, Kadir Nelson, and Bears

The author-artist remembers sitting at the Caldecott-Newbery banquet in 2008 in Anaheim when Laura Amy Schlitz delivered her speech. He remembers her description of a mythical bear, her companion bear-spirit. “She described encountering this bear in the forest and the moonlight ‘poured into the clearing like a giant bowl of milk.’ It was such a powerful image, so visceral that I couldn’t get it out of my head,” he says. He didn’t yet have the idea for Baby Bear, but he says, “that’s the image that inspired the scene of Baby Bear and the owl in the clearing.”

From Jennifer Brown’s piece at Kirkus featuring Kadir Nelson on his new book Baby Bear.

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