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Writers Against Racism: Jerry Craft

I met the most interesting "character" recently, who has blessed me with the title: My NEW bff. Go, me! 

Anyway, Jerry Craft is most talented with both his charm (see letter below) and his livelihood, encouraging children to read – through his books and his animations. So for me, Jerry’s letter was like opening a pandora’s box of  goodies, and he has quickly become an honorary W.A.R. member. Congrats, Jerry! Keep inspiring our young people to read – who for some – will only reach their dreams when exposed to books they can relate to. You are providing that platform and I want to thank you.


Hi Amy,
I was just reading about you on the School Library Journal web site and wanted to give you a pat on the back for all that you have done, and continue to do. I’ve visited a ton of schools and libraries teaching cartooning/Flash animation… over the last few years and really appreciate anyone who takes the time to help kids.
Below is a newsletter from an organization in Baltimore who are using my book to encourage their kids to read. I sent you a friend request on Facebook, I hope you don’t mind.
All the best to you in 2010!
Jerry Craft

TV — Catch him on "Speak Up" airing on the CW Philly on Sunday, January 31st at 8am.

Here’s what one librarian said about my new bff.

"Our kids really look forward to Mr. Craft’s visits. He engages the kids with lively conversation while showing them how to unlock their creativity. And they LOVE his Mama’s Boyz books!"

-Josephine Anderson, Stamford Library"

Newest book: Looking to the Clouds for Daddy
Jerry’s Website and Animations 


  1. George Edward Stanley says:

    Amy, thank you for introducing me to Jerry Craft and these wonderful characters. Once again, I echo everything Jerry said in his letter to you. It’s one a.m. – and I’m only up because I keep thinking our electricity will go off again. We’re in the middle of an absolutely horrific ice storm here in Oklahoma (so are the people in West Texas and Kansas and Arkansas – and it’s all headed east!) Trees are down from ice coatings all in the backyard and along the banks of the creek behind our house. But I thought I’d check your blog before I try to sleep (there’s part of a frozen branch hanging on the main electrical line that leads from our house to the poles along the creek, and I just know it’s going to pull it down) because your blog always lifts my spirits, no matter what’s going on, just as it does thousands (surely even more) of other people!

  2. Amy Bowllan says:

    George, please be safe! It’s sounds treacherous out there! And, as always, thank you for your kindness and support. My Friday has been MADE. :)

  3. Amy, thank you for featuring Jerry. His comics are wonderful. Keep up the important work.