Cherise Harris spent much of her childhood in Barbados writing stories and making art. She went on to complete her Associate Degree in Visual Arts at the Barbados Community College, her BFA in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and her MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice at Falmouth University in the UK. Since graduating, Cherise has worked as a freelance illustrator and her experience includes children’s book illustration, storyboarding for advertisements, puppet building (and even a brief stint as a puppeteer), as well as costume and set design for local theatre productions. When illustrating, Cherise works in a variety of media, including pencil, inks, watercolors and digital. She is inspired by childhood memories, and the books and movies she enjoyed growing up in the 90s, which often had to do with children going off on big adventures. For fun, Cherise loves watching movies, baking and documenting motherhood in her comics. She currently lives in Barbados with her husband and two children.
Awards / Honors
- 2024 Black Caucus ALA Best of the Best List for 2023 – Jerry Changed the Game!
- 2023 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection – Jerry Changed the Game!
- 2023 Eureka! Honor – Jerry Changed the Game!
- 2021 Starred Review, Publishers Weekly – Carla and the Christmas Cornbread