Jan Spivey Gilchrest

Books by This Illustrator

In the Land of Words

Illustrated by: Jan Spivey Gilchrest
Age Level: 3-6
Where do words come from? For this poet, they come from dreams or a memory. This book of poems and textured illustrations of fabric and yarn complete this exploration of feelings and language.

My Daddy and I

Illustrated by: Jan Spivey Gilchrest
Age Level: 0-3

A boy and his father, shown as African Americans in warmly hued illustrations, enjoy doing everyday activities together, from laundry to sharing a book and more. The simple pleasures of family life are conveyed affectionately through easy but flowing language and realistic paintings in a sturdy format.

The Great Migration: Journey to the North

Illustrated by: Jan Spivey Gilchrest
Age Level: 6-9
"Between 1915 and 1930, more than a million African Americans…moved to the North" including the poet's family. Join the travelers as they seek a better life in a different part of the United States. Rhythmic but not rhyming verse is complemented by evocative illustrations.

Yafi's Family

Illustrated by: Jan Spivey Gilchrest
Age Level: 6-9

Product Description: Meet Yafi, a six-year-old Ethiopian boy who was adopted as a young child. Yafi, his parents, and two sisters remember his early life and his adoption experience by telling stories, revisiting memories, and looking at photographs. Yafi's Family is the story of love, loss, and a boy's discovery of how wide and how deep the bonds of family can be.