Jan Spivey Gilchrist

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General Information

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Name: Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction

Born: in Chicago, Illinois


Website: www.directoryofillustration.com/ArtistPortfolioThumbs.aspx?AID=2907

Email: janspiveygilchrist@comcast.net




Illinois Connection

Gilchrist was born in Chicago and currently lives in Olympia Fields, a suburb of Chicago. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jan Spivey Gilchrist is an artist, teacher, author and an illustrator. Her 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 is also the author of two picture books, Indigo and Moonlight Gold, and Madelia.

Gilchrist has illustrated many of Eloise Greenfield's books, including several award winners. In the Land of Words was named a 2005 Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts. When the Horses Ride By and The Friendly Four were chosen for the Cooperative Children's Book Center's 2007 Choices.

Most recently, she wrote the Parents' Choice Award Winner My America, which she co-illustrated with Ashley Bryan. An inductee into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, Ms. Gilchrist holds an MFA in writing for children and a doctoral degree in English.

Published Works

Books Written and Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrest:

  • Indigo and Moonlight Gold, Black Butterfly Children, 1993
  • Madelia, Dial, 1997
  • Obama: The Day the World Danced, Pegasus Books, 2009
  • We Are Shining, HarperCollins, 2017


Illustrator for Eloise Greenfield Books:

  • Big Friend, Little Friend, Writers & Readers Publishing, 1991
  • My Doll Keshia, Writers & Readers Publishing, 1991
  • I Make Music, Writers & Readers Publishing, 1991
  • My Daddy and I, Writers & Readers Publishing, 1991
  • William and the Good Old Days, HarperCollins, 1993
  • Nathanial Talking, Writers & Readers Publishing, 1993
  • Sweet Baby Coming, HarperCollins, 1994
  • Night on Neighborhood Street , Puffin, 1996
  • Kia Tanisha, Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1997
  • For the Love of the Game: Michael Jordan and Me, HarperCollins, 1998
  • Water, Water, HarperFestival, 1999
  • I Can Draw a Weeposaur and Other Dinosaurs, Greenwillow Books, 2001
  • Easter Parade, Scholastic, 2001
  • How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, Amistad, 2002
  • Honey, I Love, Amistad, 2002
  • In the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems, Amistad, 2003
  • Me & Neesie, Amistad, 2004
  • On My Horse, Harperfestival, 2005
  • The Friendly Four, Amistad, 2006
  • When the Horses Ride By: Children in the Times of War, Lee & Low Books, 2006
  • Brothers & Sisters: Family Poems, Amistad, 2008
  • The Great Migration: Journey to the North, Amistad, 2010


Illustrator for Individual Author Books:

  • Everett Anderson's Christmas Coming, Henry Holt and Co., 1993 - written by Lucille Clifton
  • Red Dog, Blue Fly: Football Poems, Puffin, 1995 - written by Sharon Bell Mathis
  • Waiting for Christmas, Scholastic, 1996 - written by Monica Greenfield
  • Singing Down the Rain, HarperCollins, 1997 - written by Joy Coley
  • Lemonade Sun: And Other Summer Poems, Boyds Mills Press, 2001 - written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
  • Lift Ev'Ry Voice and Sing, Scholastic Paperbacks, 2002 - written by James Weldon Johnson
  • My America, HarperCollins, 2007 - illustrated with Ashley Bryan
  • Children of Long Ago, Lee and Low Books, 2008 - written by Lessie Jones Little
  • Secrets of the Seven Stars: Elly's Awakening, Pegasus Books, 2014 - written with Kelley Powell Barcellona
  • The Thumbtack Dancer, Alazar Press, 2017 - written by Leslie Tyron

Titles at Your Library

Indigo and Moonlight Gold

ISBN: 086316210X
Release Date: 1993-10

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Madelia

ISBN: 0803720521
Release Date: 1997-10-01

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Obama: The Day the World Danced

ISBN: 0982409508
Release Date: 2009-09-01

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We Are Shining

ISBN: 0062570668
Release Date: 2017-05-30

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Big Friend, Little Friend (Black Butterfly Board Books)

ISBN: 0863162045
Release Date: 1991-08

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My Doll Keshia

ISBN: 0863162037
Release Date: 1991-08

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I Make Music (Black Butterfly Board Books)

ISBN: 0863162053
Release Date: 1991-08

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My Daddy and I (Black Butterfly Board Books)

ISBN: 0863162061
Release Date: 1991-08

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William and the Good Old Days

ISBN: 0060210931
Release Date: 1993-09

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Nathaniel Talking

ISBN: 0863162010
Release Date: 1993-11

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Sweet Baby Coming

ISBN: 0694005789
Release Date: 1994-01

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Kia Tanisha

ISBN: 0694008478
Release Date: 1997-01

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For the Love of the Game: Michael Jordan and Me (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback))

ISBN: 0064435555
Release Date: 1998-12-17

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Water, Water (Harper Growing Tree)

ISBN: 0694012475
Release Date: 1999-09-08

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I Can Draw a Weeposaur and Other Dinosaurs

ISBN: 0688176348
Release Date: 2001-03-01

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Easter Parade

ISBN: 0590536079
Release Date: 2001

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How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea

ISBN: 0060289910
Release Date: 2002-12-24

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Honey, I Love

ISBN: 0060091231
Release Date: 2002-12-24

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In the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems

ISBN: 0060289937
Release Date: 2003-12-23

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On My Horse (Let's Read Aloud)

ISBN: 0694005835
Release Date: 1995-01

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The Friendly Four

ISBN: 0060007591
Release Date: 2006-06-13

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When the Horses Ride By: Children in the Times of War

ISBN: 1584302496
Release Date: 2006-09-01

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Brothers & Sisters: Family Poems

ISBN: 0060562846
Release Date: 2008-12-23

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The Great Migration: Journey to the North

ISBN: 0061259217
Release Date: 2010-12-21

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Everett Anderson's Christmas Coming (An Owlet Book)

ISBN: 0805029494
Release Date: 1993-10-15

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Red Dog, Blue Fly: Football Poems (Picture Puffin)

ISBN: 0140543376
Release Date: 1995-09-01

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Waiting for Christmas

ISBN: 0590527002
Release Date: 1996-10

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Singing Down the Rain

ISBN: 0060276029
Release Date: 1997-09-26

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Lemonade Sun: And Other Summer Poems

ISBN: 1563979446
Release Date: 2001-02-01

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Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing

ISBN: 0439351065
Release Date: 2002-01

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My America

ISBN: 0060791047
Release Date: 2007-05-22

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Children of Long Ago (Paperback) - Common

ASIN: B00FDVVKBY
Release Date: 2008


The Thumbtack Dancer

ISBN: 099777200X
Release Date: 2017-08-01

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Literary Awards

Gilchrist has won numerous awards and commissions throughout her career, including:

Nathaniel Talking

  • Coretta Scott King Award

Night on Neighborhood Street

  • Coretta Scott King Honor Book

My America

  • Parents' Choice Award Winner

Gilchrest has been inducted into the:

  • International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, October 2000
  • Society of Illustrators, 2001

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes) Contact: Catherine Balkin @ Harpercollins Children's Books (212) 261-6789

School programs include:

  • WRITE YOUR STORY: In your own family lies a mystery, biography, even a fantasy.
  • PAINT WITH WORDS: See like an artist and paint a poem.
  • PICTURES THAT LIVE IN WORDS: How to illustrate your story.
  • WRITING THE PICTURE BOOK: How the words and the pictures work together.
  • THE WORDLESS BOOK: You don't need words to write a picture book.
  • STICKS AND STONES: Words can hurt, pictures can too in a book for young children. Writing painless books.
  • DISCOVER A DINOSAUR: Come create a dinosaur. Bring him to life in a poem and a picture, Name your dinosaur like Weeposaur (he sleeps all day!)
  • HOW MY DREAM CAME TRUE: How children fly when their wings aren't tied. I knew I would be an artist when I was four years old. (motivational for all who dream)
  • WRITE A STORY / ILLUSTRATE IT TOO!: a hands on workshop
  • JUST FOR ARTISTS: a workshop for the gifted artist (fine artists only)
  • FOR WRITERS ONLY: A workshop for gifted writers
  • FOR ILLUSTRATORS ONLY: For the gifted artist who wants to illustrate

Gilchrist is available for multiple days as well as one-day visits. One day visits are $1500.00 plus expenses. Multiple days negotiable. Three presentations daily plus autographing. Workshops need more time. Night returns on the same day $300.00. Ms. Gilchrist is paid upon arrival.

External Links

Jan Spivey Gilchrist on WorldCat

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