Do You Know What I'll Do?
Mixed-media collages set against white backgrounds beautifully expand the simple poetic words
As Zolotow's poetic images flow in rhythmic question-and-answer format, Steptoe responds in kind (with) stunning illustrations
layered, almost three-dimensional portraits of the striking African-American siblings. Both author and illustrator prove they know how to convey a strong sense of familial love.
Sweet, Sweet Baby!
The cloth book Sweet, Sweet Baby!, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, shows a line of reassuring text on each cloth page and ends with a mylar mirror in which babies can see themselves, bordered with "petals" that squeak, crinkle and rattle. Publishers Weekly
All of the Above
Based on a true story, All of the Above is the delightful and suspenseful story of four inner city students and their quest to build the world's largest tetrahedron.
Smart and fast-paced, this story inspires as well as entertains.
...the laughing, brown-and yellow-skinned figures dance through the elongated raindrops with infectiously joyous abandon.
For kids, a rainy day can be pure play, and this exuberant rhyming poem and buoyant illustrations testify to that. Booklist
Hot Day on Abbott Avenue
2005 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award
It's the hottest, stickiest day of the summer. A fat-sun-in-the-sky day. An eating-ice-pops-on-the-porch day. And for Kishi and Renée, it's a best-friends-breakup day. Each girl sits on her own front porch, waiting for the other to apologize, even though they know they'll never speak to each other again, no matter how bored they get. But then the sounds of feet slapping the pavement and voices chanting double-dutch rhymes drift up the avenue, and neither one can resist going out in the street to play.
This lyrical friendship story, the first collaboration of two outstanding artists, pairs a rhythmic text with distinctive collage illustrations. Its subtle message about sharing and forgiveness will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced the ups and downs of being, and having, a best friend.
...full of movement and energy and joy... So good! Kirkus Reviews
...high-energy collage illustrations...a satisfying summer story about community and friendship.
Innovative illustrations add depth and texture to an evocative text.
English's story is engaging... Steptoe's stunning, mixed-media illustrations make the book soar. Booklist
In Praise of Our Fathers and Mothers:
A wonderful collection of stories, actually reminiscences, told by well-known writers and illustrators. Some 40 people share their memories of their families and how they were influenced by them. The writers include Virginia Hamilton, Joyce Carol Thomas, Angela Johnson, and Walter Dean Myers. There is an interview with the children of the late John Steptoe, conducted by Pat Cummings. Artists include Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Tom Feelings, and James Ransome. With poems and essays, this unique offering has something for everyone who values family and who values or wants to understand the African-American experience. A visual and literary treasure that will enhance library collections.
Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow
Golio's lyrical text sings with delicious description, and Steptoe's wildly colored mixed-media illustrations show the hues of the boy's imagination, with Hendrix always standing out from his surroundings.
A fascinating "Illustrator's Note" illuminates the process behind the intriguing artwork and underscores the book's theme of exploring the creative process.
Amiri and Odette: A Love Story
Steptoe gets gritty, working directly on slabs of asphalt, a street effect intensified by the graffiti-like use of multicolored and multisize fonts in the text. His figures are shadowed with ghostly blue; they leap, ward off blows, embrace, argue. It's easy to imagine them as dancers.
The Jones Family Express
... the mix of materials is inventive, and the skillful compositions are filled with action, palpable affection, and the pride Steven finds in his own creativity. Booklist
...bustling with the rhythm and energy of urban life... School Library Journal
A Pocketful of Poems
A playful and thoroughly successful pairing of words and pictures. School Library Journal
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