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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by [Tony Medina, Javaka Steptoe, R. Gregory Christie, Ekua Holmes, Floyd Cooper]

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✭"This shining title deserves a spot in all poetry collections."–Della Farrell,School Library Journal, starred review

✭"The fascinating illustrations matched with the dazzling imagery of Medina’s tanka make this a captivating release."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The very different artistic renderings, which range from solid to psychedelic, all catch the eye. Though short (only 31 syllables over 5 lines), the poems pack a punch and are a great introduction to reading poetry and the art of writing it. Teachers and other adults will find many ways to use this with children." —Booklist

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About the Author

Tony Medina is a two-time winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People (DeShawn Days andI and I, Bob Marley), is the author/editor of nineteen books for adults and young readers. A Professor of Creative Writing at Howard University, Medina has received the Langston Hughes Society Award, the first African Voices Literary Award, and has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes for his poems. Jacar Press recently published his anthologyResisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky, on police violence and brutalities perpetrated on people of color. Tu Books published Medina’s debut graphic novelI Am Alfonso Jones in 2017. He lives in Washington D.C.

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.

Plus nine more illustrators!

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08RRRS1SN
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penny Candy Books; Illustrated edition (Feb. 13 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 11819 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 43 pages
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Tony Medina is a poet, graphic novelist, editor, short story writer, and author. Born in the South Bronx and raised in the Throgs Neck Housing Projects, Medina earned a BA in English at Baruch College, CUNY, on the GI Bill, and an MA and PhD at Binghamton University, SUNY, where he received the Distinguished Dissertation Award. Medina has published 23 books for adults and young readers, the most recent of which are Che Che Colé; Death, With Occasional Smiling; Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy; I Am Alfonso Jones; and Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky. Medina’s awards include the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, the Langston Hughes Society Award, the first African Voices Literary Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award honor, Special Recognition from the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award, and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award from the American Booksellers Association for In Defense of Mumia. He has appeared in several documentaries and CD compilations and has read/performed his work all over the United States, as well as in Germany, France, Poland, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Netherlands. The first professor of creative writing at Howard University, Medina’s poetry, fiction and essays appears in over 100 journals and anthologies, including Sheree Renée Thomas' Dark Matter, Ishmael Reed’s Hollywood Unchained and Kevin Young’s Library of America anthology, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, and as an advisory editor for Nikki Giovanni’s Hip Hop Speaks to Children. Medina has also been featured on NBC's philanthropic reality show, Give, PBS’ White House Chronicle, CBS’ Great Day Washington, SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, Medgar Evers College’s Writers on Writing, Forbes magazine, and has worked extensively with the non-profit literary organizations Say It Loud, Behind the Book, and Meet the Writers. Medina's book, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy, was featured on Let's Learn NYC for PBS. Follow him on Facebook; Twitter: @PoetTonyMedina and Instagram: poettonymedina. His website is tonymedina.org.

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5.0 out of 5 stars For the love of our boys!!
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2020
I got this book because I love what Dr Medina is all about and how this book encourages my son! My son is learning to read and this book helps him learn to see himself positively in the world. We talk about the pictures and I simply enjoy how he engages with this book. It’s a part of our nightly reading sessions before bed!!
I could think of a million ways to see a black boy! This book highlights 13 that are pretty cool!
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