Barbara Higgins Bond, Children's Book IllustratorPhotographer: Steve Harman

Hearne Fine Art, 1001 Wright Ave., will host a reception and book-signing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Apri 24, with book illustrator Higgins Bond, a Little Rock native who has the distinction of being the first African-American woman to illustrate a U.S. Postal Service Stamp.

She’s illustrated nature books in the Peachtree Publishers’ series “A Place for” by Melissa Stewart as well as other publications; her work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Hunter College in New York and the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago, among other places. Her clients include NBC Television and Essence Magazine. She attended Little Rock schools and graduated from Central High School.


In addition to books, prints by Bond will be available for sale. The reception is in conjunction with the Arkansas Literary Festival. Bond will be part of the festival’s “Day of Science and Reading” on Thursday, April 25, at the Clinton Center and will tell, with illustrations, the tale of “Lorraine: The Girl Who Sang the Storm Away” at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library.