Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings

Adjunct Associate Professor

Pat Cummings is the creator of over 30 books for children, including titles that have won the Coretta Scott King Award, the Horn Book-Boston Globe Award and the Orbis Pictus Award for nonfiction.  As one of the illustrators for Our Children Can Soar (Bloomsbury 2009) she received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work: Children.

After graduation from Pratt, Pat freelanced for editorial and advertising clients before focusing exclusively on children's books.  She worked as a producer and writer for Gullah Gullah Island, a Nickelodeon children's show and now cohosts Cover to Cover,  a cable TV talk show about children's books and the people who create them. Produced by her husband, Chuku Lee, the show airs on BCAT, a Time Warner channel. Pat serves as National Secretary of The Authors Guild and sits on the Boards of The Authors Guild Foundation, The Authors League Fund, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. She is also a member of The Writer's Guild and teaches children's book illustration at Pratt and Parsons, the New School for Design. Pat's goal is to prepare students for a career in children's books. Her well-published former students include Julian Hector, Hiroe Nakata and David Ezra Stein, recipient of the 2011 Caldecott Honor Award. 

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Pat teaches ComD Internship, Illustration: Children's Books I and Illustration: Children's Books II.

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