Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood

h1 February 3rd, 2014 by jules



Early sample and final art (without the final text):
“Where churches offer music schools that polish rough stones into jewels.”

(Click second image to enlarge)

Over at BookPage today is my review of Carole Boston Weatherford’s Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. This is a February release from Albert Whitman & Company. To read more about the book, just head on over there today. Here’s the link.

And I really want to, as always, share some art from the book, too, so with big thanks to R. Gregory Christie, here are some early samples and final art from the book. Please note: As always, the colors as they appear on your screen might be just a tad bit off from how they appear in the book. Also, these spreads do not include the playful, colorful font that ended up in the final version of the book.

Enjoy the art …



“Where Duke and Count plunk out new tunes
and Zora spins stories by the moon.”

(Click second image to enlarge)





“Where Aaron Douglas births black art
and a young Faith Ringgold gets her start.”




“Where Robeson puts down roots a while
and Sonny Rollins hangs with Miles.”

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SUGAR HILL: HARLEM’S HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD. Copyright © 2014 by Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by R. Gregory Christie. Published by Albert Whitman & Company, Park Ridge, IL. All images here reproduced by permission of R. Gregory Christie.

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2 comments to “Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood

  1. Nice! Really like this. Going to get a copy. Thanks.


  2. A mighty fine sharing of line drawings/artscribble/roughs blooming into elegant finished work. Thanks for sharing this artwork from R. Gregory Christie. The Carole Boston Weatherford rhymes about an important part of NYC are sure to have kids repeating them. On a personal note, I’m going to recommend this for a list an elementary school librarian has asked me to compile.


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