Award Winning Children’s Author
Collage Artist and Illustrator
Travels from: Providence, RI

“A joyous homage… Mora’s art casually yet vividly reminds readers of the diversity we encounter all around us, presenting her characters in all hues while acknowledging multiple languages in various cut-outs throughout.” ― Shelf Awareness

Oge Mora is a collage artist and storyteller. Her picture book, Thank You, Omu!, was a Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award winner, and Ezra Jack Keats Book Award recipient.  Her second book, Saturday won the 2020 Boston Globe—Horn Book Picture Book Award. Oge’s artwork has been applauded by The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe. She is also a 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 Lister in Arts & Style.

Oge grew up in Columbus, Ohio but resides in Providence, RI. She is a fan of all things colorful, patterned, or collaged, and enjoys creating warm stories that celebrate people coming together.

Oge's Featured Titles

I’m From

Balzer + Bray |

A poetic, heartwarming ode to the small, defining moments of a boy’s life, by a critically acclaimed debut author and a Caldecott Honoree. For fans of Last Stop on Market Street.

Early morning wakeups and homemade pancakes,

Raucous bus rides and schoolyard games,

Family games and bedtime rituals…

These are the small moments that shape a child’s day. I’m From is an invitation into the vivid world of one small boy, a poetic account of all the people and places and things that shape who he is and define where he is from.

A Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee


Little, Brown Books for Young Readers |

In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what’s best about Saturdays: precious time together.

Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don’t work out exactly the way you expect….

In this heartfelt and universal story, a mother and daughter look forward to their special Saturday routine together every single week. But this Saturday, one thing after another goes wrong–ruining storytime, salon time, picnic time, and the puppet show they’d been looking forward to going to all week. Mom is nearing a meltdown…until her loving daughter reminds her that being together is the most important thing of all.

Author-artist Oge Mora’s highly anticipated follow up to Caldecott Honor Thank You, Omu! features the same magnificently radiant artwork and celebration of sharing so beloved in her debut picture book.

Thank You, Omu! (Caldecott Honor Book)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers |

A Caldecott Honor Book

In this cozy, sweet story perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street as well as for the Thanksgiving season, a generous woman is rewarded by her community. A Spanish edition, ¡Gracias, Omu!, is also available.

Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu’s delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself?

Debut author-illustrator Oge Mora brings to life a heartwarming story of sharing and community in colorful cut-paper designs as luscious as Omu’s stew, with an extra serving of love. An author’s note explains that “Omu” (pronounced AH-moo) means “queen” in the Igbo language of her parents, but growing up, she used it to mean “Grandma.” This book was inspired by the strong female role models in Oge Mora’s life.


Coming Soon!

Oge’s Illustrations Link

Honors, Awards & Recognition

Caldecott Honor
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award Winner
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winner
Boston Globe—Horn Book Picture Book Award Winner
2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 Lister in Arts & Style
ALA Children’s Notable List Selection 2019
New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2018
Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of 2018
Publishers’ Weekly Best Book of 2018
Boston Globe Best Children’s Book of 2018
School Library Journal Best Book of 2018
New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Staff Pick
Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2018
2019 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Finalist
Jumpstart Read for the Record Selection 2019
Fall 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List
New York Public Library Best Books of 2019
School Library Journal Best Picture Books of 2019
Parents Magazine 30 Best Kids’ Books of 2019
Amazon Best Children’s Book of 2-19 Ages 3-5
Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2019
2019 Horn Book Fanfare

Media Kit

By clicking the link below you will be directed to a Google Docs Folder
where you can download author photos and cover images.

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