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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Age Range: 6 - 9 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 25, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0316213888
ISBN-13: 978-0316213882
Book Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches

*"Vibrant colors and personal symbols channel the 'sloppy, ugly, and sometimes weird, but somehow still BEAUTIFUL' paintings, incorporating meticulously attributed collage elements and capturing the artist's energy and mystery. Stellar bookmarking--a riveting portrait of a young artist."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

*"In this visually arresting and vibrantly narrated biography, Steptoe... emulates 1980s street art by layering paint, paper scraps, paint tubes, and photos on found-wood panels.... Steptoe downplays tragic elements, instead celebrating Basquiat's irreverence and brilliance."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

*"Javaka Steptoe is the perfect person to create this book: a tour de force that will introduce an important artist to a new generation."—The Horn Book (starred review)

*"One extraordinary artist illuminates another in this textured, heartfelt picture book biography.... Pairing simple text with expressive, encompassing illustrations, this excellent title offers a new generation a fittingly powerful introduction to an artistic luminary."
—School Library Journal
(starred review)

2016 NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Literary Work – Children

Radiant Child


In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall
Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
Selections by the illustrator
Lee & Low Books
New York, NY: March 1997
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN-10: 1880000318
ISBN-13: 978-1880000311

Coretta Scott King Award Winner for Illustration
Firecracker Alternative Book Award
PBS Kids Recommended Book
PBS Parents Recommended Book

…a stunning debut…

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