Something keeps on drawing illustrator Floyd Cooper back to North Penn.
Last year, , during his appearance there for Black History Month.
Cooper returned again on Tuesday, this time to , where he spent the day talking to primary school students about never giving up.
“I’m here talking about my work and instilling my message of hope and not giving up,” Cooper said. “It’s about holding fast to one’s dreams.”
Dawn McFadden, reading specialist at Knapp, said Cooper’s presence was two-fold.
“We felt it was important to bring an author in to expose children to Mr. Cooper’s work and writing and illustrating, and the importance of Mr. Cooper’s message.”
Cooper is an Easton resident and Oklahoma native who has illustrated more than 80 books and 2,000 book covers. He also penned four children’s books.
Most of his work illustrates life in African-American culture. His first illustrated book was “Grandpa’s Face,” which discussed a young girl's relationship with her grandfather, and another book, “These Hands,” tells the tale of a family man working at a Wonder Bread factory in Detroit.
He spent the day at Knapp showing off examples of his work, and instilling some knowledge into students about art techniques, like oil wash illustrations.
Cooper also left behind some autographed books for the elementary school library.
Visit Floyd Cooper’s Web site at www.floydcooper.com.