Black Artists Shaping the World Picture Book Edition

Sharna Jackson, Marilyn Esther Chi, Zoé Whitley

Through fourteen stories, this picture book edition of the multiaward-winning Black Artists Shaping the World makes the work and lives of Black artists accessible to younger readers.

Featuring full-color reproductions of fourteen artworks and illustrations of the artists at work, this picture book is an ideal introduction to contemporary art for young children, and a fantastic tool for teachers wishing to decolonize and diversify their classroom.

Sharna Jackson’s experience as a children’s author who has worked for over a decade in the cultural sector, both at Tate in London and at Site Gallery in Sheffield, is combined here with the curatorial expertise of Dr. Zoé Whitley, Director of London’s Chisenhale Gallery and co-curator of the landmark Tate exhibition "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power." Their book features artists working in a variety of media from painting and sculpture to ceramics and installation.

The result is a refreshingly contemporary global celebration of Black artists at work today that will serve as inspiration to a new generation of aspiring young artists.


A beautifully designed short encyclopedia of contemporary art …Enlightening.

— New York Times Book Review


Sharna Jackson


Sharna Jackson is an award-winning children's author and curator. She is the author of four books for children, including High-Rise Mystery and Mic Drop.

Marilyn Esther Chi

Illustrated By

Marilyn Esther Chi is an illustrator based in the United Kingdom. She works in a variety of media, both digital and traditional, and takes her inspiration from anything and everything.

Zoé Whitley

Contributions By

Dr. Zoé Whitley is the director of London's Chisenhale Gallery.