Michele Wood

Artist Michele Wood is an award-winning illustrator of several children’s books about African-American history and culture. She won the American Book Award for her first book, Going Back Home, which describes her experience traveling south to explore the land of her ancestors. Her second book, I See the Rhythm, earned the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award from the American Library Association. Most recently, she collaborated with poet Cynthia Grady on I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery, which earned the 2013 Gold Nautilus Award and was named a Notable Children’s Book by the Children’s Literature Assembly. Wood’s artwork has been commissioned by the Toni Morrison Society, Black Entertainment Television, Disney, and Zondervan, among others. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. 


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Learn more about I See the Rhythm.

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Read a review of I Lay My Stitches Down.

View a gallery of some of Wood’s original artwork.

Read a review of Going Back Home.


Children's Literature , Visual/Illustration , Young Adult Literature

Calvin College