Noted Illustrator E. B. Lewis Visits YMCA Preschoolers

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Internationally acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator E.B. Lewis visited preschool children at the YMCA of Vineland of the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA on the afternoon of March 7th. Photo courtesy of YMCA of Vineland of the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA.

VINELAND, N.J. – On Tuesday, March 7th, the YMCA of Vineland of the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA hosted an internationally known artist and author who spoke to preschool children .

E.B. Lewis, an award-winning illustrator of more than 70 children books, spoke to 57 children from the YMCA’s preschool program. The children, aged three to five, were captivated by the speaker’s explanation of how books are made, how he illustrates them, and the stories they contain.

Lewis described three books to the young audience, including Preaching to the Chickens, a Japanese work about kindness; and the children’s literature classic, The Other Side. He showed some of the original paintings that are in these volumes and described the process of making a painting and a book.

Before the program began, Lewis noted that his intention is to use books as an antidote to some of society’s bigotry, hatred, and conflicts.

“A common thread in my work is compassion,” said Lewis. “I hope to help kids understand each other and the world they live in."

Lewis speaks around the world, from France to Kenya and in many other countries. He also teaches at two Philadelphia universities and has illustrated more than 70 books.

“It’s very important that we encourage kids to read," said YMCA CEO George Steinbronn, Jr. about Lewis' visit. "E.B. has the ability to reach out and inspire them to do this. We appreciate his coming to our YMCA.”

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