|Birth Day||January 22, 1963|
|Birth Place||New York|
|Age||60 YEARS OLD|
Children's author and best-selling graphic novel illustrator. He is one of few African-American children illustrators and cartoonists.
Before becoming a novelist, he worked for twelve years as a copywriter.
He was awarded a Newbery Medal for his 2020 novel New Kid, which was a New York Times best-selling book of 2020.
He grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. He would later attend the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Upper West side.
He and Margot Tomes are well-known illustrators from the state of New York