Arnold Adoff Poetry Awards 2020, Special Recognition
Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices 2019
Bank Street College of Eduction Best Children's Books 2019
Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book 2019
Kirkus Reviews Best of 2018, Middle Grade Poetry
School Library Journal, Best Books 2018, Poetry
These short, vibrant tanka poems about Black boys and young men depict thirteen views of everyday life: dressed in Sunday best, running to catch a bus, growing up to be teachers, and much more. Each of Tony Medina’s tanka is matched with a different artist—including recent Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Award recipients.
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About the Author
Javaka Steptoe’s debut picture book, In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers (Lee & Low Books, 1998), earned him a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and a nomination for Outstanding Children’s Literature Work at the NAACP Image Awards. Since then Steptoe has illustrated and/or written more than a dozen books for young readers, collaborating with some of the top names in the business, such as Walter Dean Myers, Nikki Grimes, and Karen English. His latest book, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little, Brown, 2016) won the 2017 Caldecott Medal and 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
R. Gregory Christie is a five-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration. He is the designer of the 2013 Kwanzaa Forever stamp for the United States Post Office, a two-time recipient of the New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year Award, and an NAACP Image Award recipient. His most recent book, Freedom in Congo Square, won a 2017 Caldecott honor. He has illustrated more than 50 books, a multitude of magazine images, and many jazz album covers. You can visit him at his Decatur, GA bookstore, GAS-ART GIFTS, or online at www.gas-art.com.
Ekua Holmes’s collages celebrate the vibrancy of urban life and the joys and challenges of childhood. She was the recipient of a 2013 Brother Thomas Fellowship from The Boston Foundation for her contributions to the Boston arts community. In 2014 she became the first African American woman to be appointed to the Boston Arts Commission. Holmes’s debut as a picture book illustrator, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (Candlewick, 2015) by Carole Boston Weatherford, received a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrator’s Original Art exhibition, the Robert F. Sibert and Randolph Caldecott Honors, and a Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Illustrator Award.
With over 100 children’s books to his name, Floyd Cooper is a master craftsman of children’s literature and illustration. He has received numerous awards and praise for his work, including three Coretta Scott King Honors, an NAACP Image Award, the Jane Addams Peace Honor, the Simon Wiesenthal Gold Medal, and the prestigious Sankae Award of Japan. He is the 2018 artist for the U.S. Postal Service KWANZAA Forever stamp. This Tulsa native now makes his home in Easton, PA, with his wife Velma, sons Dayton and Kai, daughter-in-law Melissa, and grandson Niko.
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