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Floyd Cooper Day


Keep Floyd Cooper’s legacy alive by watching the read-aloud of the books that Floyd illustrated for Memorial Day, the Tulsa Race Massacre, and Juneteenth!

Watch Leah Henderson, Carole Boston Weatherford, and Crystal Allen read from A Day for Rememberin’, Unspeakable, and Juneteenth for Mazie, respectively.

The CBC will share more about the history behind each book on their blog. Let’s start with the first Memorial Day and A Day for Rememberin’.



Share with young people Floyd Cooper’s bountiful body of work in the voices of beloved and well-known authors.

KidLit TV has produced original videos of Crystal Allen, Tameka Fryer Brown, Judy Allen Dodson, Patti Gauch, Nikki Grimes, Leah Henderson, Cheryl Willis Hudson & Wade Hudson, Sharon Langley, Torrey Maldonado, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Charles Smith, and Don Tate reading from their favorite Floyd Cooper books.

The videos are now available; prepare by selecting which ones you want to show in your classroom, library, or store on May 6 or anytime that week.



Be one of 25 winning schools, libraries, and bookstores to receive $100 in free books!

Participation is easy:

  • Use any of Floyd’s books on a table, window, or bookcase display during Children’s Book Week (May 2-8).
  • Take 1-3 photos of the display
  • If possible, post your photos online to a social media platform or website. Tag the post with #FloydCooperDay
  • Share your photo(s) directly with us using this Dropbox.
    • Label each image “Location Name_Contact Name”
  • Share your photos and fill out the form by May 12.


Download this Floyd Cooper Day promotional page with room for you to write in information about your display, event, or any other need.



Floyd Cooper’s first editor writes about her joyful work with him.


On May 6, see a special encore presentation of the award-winning “Goodnight with Dolly” online series which will feature Dolly reading Floyd’s Max and The Tag-Along Moon. A new in-memoriam to Floyd will close out this remarkable presentation. All will be available at DollyParton.com.


  • Raleigh, NC at Quail Ridge Books — Kelly Starling Lyons, co-founder of the Brown Bookshelf, is reading three of Floyd’s books for a special storytime at 11:00 am ET
  • Davidson, NC at Main Street Books — Floyd Cooper Day Storytime with Tameka Fryer Brown at 11:00 am ET
  • Tulsa, OK at the Tulsa City-County Central Library/Chapman Storytime Room — Traci Sorrell and Nikki Grimes will read from several of Floyd Cooper’s books from 3:30-4:00 pm CT.
  • Tulsa, OK at the Hardesty Regional Library — Nikki Grimes, one of the readers for the Floyd Cooper Read-Aloud video series, will accept the Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature at 6:00 pm CT.
  • Philadelphia, PA at the Philadelphia Free Library Chestnut Hill Branch — Readings of Floyd’s books by local authors, reflections, and a book giveaway of his titles (to the first 20 attendees). The event is sponsored by The African American Children’s Book Project and The Literary Cafe Books & Events. For more information call 215-878-BOOK (2665). Event from 3:00-4:00 pm ET.
  • The Bronx, NY at the New York Botanical Garden — Visit the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden at the New York Botanical Garden for a Where’s Rodney? story trail. Visitors can read the complete book posted on special sign boards as they visit the garden. Visit the exhibit on May 6 or anytime throughout May.


Share any Floyd Cooper reading or events news with us and the community using #FloydCooperDay

  • May 6 is #FloydCooperDay! We will be celebrating the beautiful children’s books written or illustrated by Floyd all day long. Learn more at EveryChildaReader.net
  • Check out the #FloydCooperDay events, book lists, teacher’s guides, and read-alouds happening on May 6 –including one by Dolly Parton! We’ll be [say what you’ll be doing]. How will you join us in this celebration?


Find all the media coverage for Floyd Cooper Day:

If you have media coverage to add to this list, please email Carl.Lennertz@cbcbooks.org.


The CBC wishes to thank KidLit TV, Floyd’s many author and illustrator friends, The Brown Bookshelf, The African American Children’s Book Project, Just Us Books, the Highlights Foundation, and the Dollywood Foundation for their participation in this celebration!

Please email Carl.Lennertz@cbcbooks.org with any questions.


About Floyd Cooper

Floyd Cooper, a celebrated children’s book illustrator who explored the African American experience in stories rooted in history, died on July 15, 2021, but his memory and legacy live one.  Over 30 years, he illustrated children’s stories that not only carried his earthy and golden pastel impressions of Black life, but that also strived to recount chapters of African American history that he felt weren’t taught enough in classrooms. He saw humanity in every subject, in people of all ages.

Floyd Cooper Day is sponsored by friends of Floyd Cooper, The Brown Bookshelf, the Highlights Foundation, The African American Children’s Book Project, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader.


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