Art Show!

I'm proud to be participating in "The Magic of Children's Book Illustration" exhibit at the New Rochelle Public Library during the month of February, with awesome illustrator London Ladd!

Join us for an Illustrator's Talk and Closing Reception on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 3-4:30pm.

Book Festival!

I'll be participating in this year's Author & Illustrator Day at Giffen Memorial Elementary School in Albany, NY. Every Giffen student will receive a free book, and the event is open to the public after the end of the school day!

Stop by and say Hi!

Friday, March 9 from 2-5pm.

Art Show!

Two original illustrations from The Legendary Miss Lena Horne are included in the exhibit "Telling A People's Story: African American Children's Illustrated Literature" at the Miami University Art Museum in Miami, OH.

The first major museum exhibition devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children’s picture books, it emphasizes the strength of the illustrations as visual narrative representations of the African-American experience. The exhibit features 130 works by 33 artists from 88 books!

It runs from January 30-June 30.

New Book!

I illustrated my first ever Middle Grade Novel!

Martha and the Slave Catchers, by Harriet Hyman Alonso, published by Seven Stories Press, is a story about the effects of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 on the lives of Martha and Jake Bartlett, two children living in Connecticut.

Check out author Harriet Hyman Alonso's page for tons of historical background info on the book...

E-Book available November 7, 2017.

Hardcover available November 21, 2017.


In honor of my love for chocolate, my obsession with the cacao fruit- from which chocolate is made, and of my upcoming Grandpa Cacao book, I've designed a cacao pod silk-screen image and printed it on a zillion bags and purses!

Check out my Etsy shop for some gift ideas!

I'm an author!!!!!!!

For the first time, I'm illustrating and writing a picture book!

A story about my grandfather and chocolate, Grandpa Cacao is based on my father's childhood memories... It sprouted from an idea I had over a decade ago and my obsession with cacao and chocolate.

I hope you'll like it!

Stay tuned for Grandpa Cacao from Bloomsbury Books in May 2019!

Story Time

I'll be at reading and signing my books at the first annual Hudson Summerfest in Hudson, NY at the Hudson Area Library Tent. Come say Hi!

Saturday, August 19 from 3-5pm.

(Festival is all day at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park!)

Craft Sale

I'll be at the City of the Hills Art & Music Festival in on Main Street in Oneonta, NY, selling my handmade jewelry, purses, prints, and picture books! 

Look for the Something IvoryCoasty booth...

Saturday, August 5 from 10am-4pm.

Lena Horne Birthday Party

I'll be celebrating the 100th birthday of Lena Horne by doing a reading of my latest picture book about her life, The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, followed by a special craft activity during Saturday Author Story Time at the Greenlight Bookstores in Brooklyn! (Lena's beloved home borough!)

Saturday, July 15:

At the Greenlight Bookstore, Fort Greene location: 11:30am

At the Greenlight Bookstore, Prospect Lefferts Gardens location: 1:30pm

Lena Horne Birthday Story Hour

Join me in celebrating what would be Lena Horne's 100th birthday at Story Hour at the Brooklyn Public Library's Macon Street Branch, a five-minute walk from where she lived!

After a reading of The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, you can and make your very own special birthday craft to take home!

Saturday, July 1 from 1-2pm.

Book Festival

I'm honored to be participating in the 1st Annual Hastings-on-Hudson Multicultural Book Fair, organized by the Race Matters Committee! I'll be signing books and sharing my artwork.

Thursday, June 8 from 10:45-11:30am.

Book Signing

Join me at Hooray for Books! in Alexandria, VA as I sign One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia and other books.

Monday, April 17 at 6:30pm.


I'll be presenting at the Annual Spring Fever Conference of West Central Upstate NY's SCBWI Chapter in Syracuse, NY.

I'm looking forward to participating in a panel discussion and leading an Illustrator Roundtable too!

Saturday, March 18.

Book Signing

I'll be signing The Legendary Miss Lena Horne at the Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady... Stop on in and say Hi!

I've got handmade Lena Horne pins to give away...

Saturday, March 11 from 1-2:30pm.

Story-time and Craft

Join me for story-time as I read The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, then lead a fun craft activity inspired by the book, at the Albany Institute of History & Art!

This program is part of the Institute's Special Family Programs. It is free with museum admission.

Sunday, March 12 from 2-3pm.

Book Signing

Please join me at The Little Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, NY for a signing of my latest picture book, The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford.... there will be music.... and snacks!

Saturday, February 11 from 1-3pm.

Book Festival

I'll be at the 25th Annual African-American Children's Book Fair in Philadelphia, with many talented authors and illustrators including Carole Boston Weatherford, author of The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, and Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, author of Don't Call Me Grandma!

Stop by, say "hi!", and get your books signed!

Saturday, February 4 from 1-4pm.

Best Books:

Don't Call Me Grandma was just named one of the Best Books of 2016 by NPR's Book Concierge


Join me for a reading of  The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind during Author's Day at the Science Festival of the Capital Region at MiSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady, NY! I'll be signing books too! 

Thursday, November 10.


I'll be participating in a panel discussion at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference in Atlanta, about the importance of advocating for global children's literature.

Friday, November 18 from 4-5:15pm.

Book Festival

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia is receiving a Children's Africana Book HonorJoin me, the real-life Isatou Ceesay and the book's author Miranda Paul at the CABA Festival in Washington, DC!

Saturday, October 8 from 11am-2pm.

Book Festival

Join me for Children's Day at the Brooklyn Book Festival this September! I'll be on the Picture Book Stage, reading Poems in the Attic and signing books.

Saturday, September 17 at 1:30pm.


I'll be participating in a symposium on immigration at the Young Readers Center and the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC entitled: Immigration and Literature:The Role of Heritage in Storytelling.

Wednesday, May 25 from 1-2pm. Book signing to follow.

Story-time and Craft

In honor of World Fair Trade Day, I will be reading One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia and doing a recycled craft activity for kids at Mango Tree Imports in Saratoga Springs, NY. Join me and shop Fair Trade!

Saturday, May 14 from 1:30-3:30pm. 

Meet & Greet

I'll be signing books at the 7th Annual Hudson Children's Book Festival in Hudson, NY. Join me for story-time as I read my newest book Don't Call Me Grandma! (12-30-1pm in Author Gymnasium Tent)

Saturday, May 7 from 10am-3pm.

Book Signing

I'll be signing books at the Section of School Librarians' Conference at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. If you're attending the conference, stop by and say Hi!

Friday, May 6 from 10:15-11am (in the Courtyard Vendor Area)

Meet & Greet

April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day! Join me at Bank Street Bookstore in New York City, where I'll be singing books with many other authors and illustrators!

Saturday, April 30 from 12:30-1pm. (Event lasts from 10am-7pm)

Meet & Greet

Join me for Family Night at John L. Edwards Primary School in Hudson, NY for a live-action performance of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind! I'll be signing books after the performance.

Thursday, April 21 at 6:30pm.

School Visit

I'll be talking about my book One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia at SHENsational 2016 Global Expo!

Saturday, March 19 at 10am. 

Art Show

I am happy to be part of Martinez Gallery's Alternate Roads exhibition until January 31. Stop on by for the opening during Troy Night Out!

Runs until February 28, 2016.

Meet & Greet

Please join me at the Gaithersburg Library in Gaithersburg, MD to hear the extraordinary true story One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, in celebration of Read Africa Week!

Saturday, February 6 from 2-4pm. 


I'll be speaking at the New York State Reading Association Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Wednesday, November 11th at 9:30am.

Book Signing

Come say hi at the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, where I'll be signing my newest picture book Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 8th from 2-3:30pm.


Look for my table at the 11th Annual IBBY Conference (International Board on Books for Young People) in New York City!

Friday evening, October 16th.

Art Show

Come check out Many Rivers: Black Dimension in Art's 40th Anniversary Exhibition at the Saratoga Arts Center; a showcase of established and emerging artists from the U.S., Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

October 3 - November 7, 2015.

Craft Sale

I'll be at the City of the Hills Art & Music Festival in Oneonta, NY, selling my books, prints, bags and jewelry. 

Look for the Something IvoryCoasty booth!

Saturday, September 19 from 11am-6pm.

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came out to see author Miranda Paul and environmental activist Isatou Ceesay in the Capital Region during their One Plastic Bag Book Tour!

Book Extras

Want to learn more about the book One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

Check out for teacher resources, links and more. You can even buy the recycled plastic purses from the book!



All Illustrations Copyright 2017 Elizabeth Zunon