Caravan for Literacy 
Mission Statement: To help families embrace the value of reading and building a personal collection of children's books. We affirm the belief in creating and sustaining life-long learners and thinkers. 
"It's About Caring." 
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Eric Velasquez - Illustrator/Author/Fine Artist


Illustrator Eric Velasquez, the son of Afro-Puerto Rican parents, was born in Spanish Harlem and  grew up in Harlem. His dual     heritage  coupled with  the  experience of living in dual cultures in New York  City gives Eric a rich and  unique cultural perspective. As a child, his love for doodling and drawing was  strongly encouraged by his mother. From his grandmother  he inherited a love of music and from his father he developed a love of film.  Growing up in this setting,  Eric says, “Becoming an artist was a natural choice for me. I have never thought of being anything else.” Eric attended the High School of Art and Design and earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1983. In 1984 he completed a year of studies with Harvey Dinnerstein at the Art Student’s League. Eric is a member of the Art Student’s League. Upon completion of his studies with Mr. Dinnerstein, Eric began his career as a freelance illustrator. Over the next 12 years he completed a body of work of over 300 book jackets and interior illustrations. - For Full Bio, visit

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