Upon seeing my portfolio at the renowned Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Spain, Candlewick Press published my first children’s book, The Patchwork Path. It would prove to be an influential project in my portfolio, and has shaped the direction of my illustration career. Painted in oils.

THE PATCHWORK PATH, published by Candlewick Press (2005)
written by Bettye Stroud and illustrated by Erin Susanne Bennett
A historical fiction story about the use of quilts during the Underground Railroad.

Recognition:
New York Times “Best Children’s Books 2005.”
School Library Journal’s “Hot Reads 2006.”
Recipient of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award.
Also honored with the Comstock Book Award.
Recognized by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Outstanding Book Award.
Reviewed in the Washington Post, School Library Journal, Booklist and Parents Magazine.
Highlighted in The Atlanta-Journal Constitution and Fox’s “Good Day Atlanta.

Patchwork Path (full cover spread)

Patchwork Path (mama)

Patchwork Path (girl sleeping)

Patchwork Path (monkey wrench quilt)

Patchwork Path (wagon wheel)

Patchwork Path (bear paw)

Patchwork Path (hay wagon)

Patchwork Path (quilt spot)

Patchwork Path (full cover spread)

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