For the last five years, I have been fortunate enough to go to the Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Mi. There is something soothing about strolling through downtown Grand Rapids all the while admiring the works of various creative people from around the world. On my last visit, which was shorter than usual, I found the perfect painting for my writing room. It’s a print of an African American girl reading a script in a dimly lighted room. This print spoke to me because I remembered the nights I would try to read a book in the dark. I was overjoyed when I ultimately made the purchase. The artist, Lester A White, sold the print to me. I asked him if he had ever considered illustrating for picture books? It didn’t hurt to ask because one never knows the answer you’ll get. We are now Facebook friends and in the future, we may even work together on a project. I’m looking forward to the day when I can make tangible connections with other illustrators.