Lullaby (For a Black Mother)

Lullaby (For a Black Mother)


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“My little dark baby, / My little earth-thing, / My little love-one, / What shall I sing / For your lullaby?" With a few simple words as smooth as a song, the poet Langston Hughes celebrates the love between an African American mother and her baby. The award-winning illustrator Sean Qualls’s painted and collaged artwork captures universally powerful maternal moments with tenderness and whimsy. In the end, readers will find a rare photo of baby Hughes and his mother, a biographical note, further reading, and the complete lullaby. Like little love-ones, this beautiful book is a treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547362656
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 198,898
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

The American poet Langston Hughes (1902–1967) penned many well-known poems, such as “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “I, Too, Sing America,” and “The Dream Keeper.”

Sean Qualls received a Coretta Scott King Honor for Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford. He lives in Brooklyn with his family. Visit him at

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"Hughes' classic lullaby gets a loving lift with Quall's graceful artwork."

"A wonderful celebration of both love and poetry."
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