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School Visit with Javaka Steptoe
Private Off-Site Event
Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Award winning author, Javaka Steptoe will be visitng schools with Once Upon A Time.
About the book: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina offers a fresh perspective of young men of color by depicting thirteen views of everyday life: young boys dressed in their Sunday best, running to catch a bus, and 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.
About the artist: 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.
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Generation after generation, both hope and sorrow hit the two families in this story hard. Gyasi uses the episodic nature to her advantage, in a way that inspires a fevered anticipation similar to the tv show Roots. A moving work that would be a great choice for book clubs and writing classes. - Jessica