Javaka Steptoe - "Radiant Child: The Story of Young Jean-Michel Basquiat"

Event Presenter/Author: 
Javaka Steptoe

Javaka Steptoe reads from his New York Times Bestseller, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Jean-Michel Basquiat, winner of the 2017 Caldecott Medal and Coretta Scott King Awar. A collage and crown making activity will accompany the reading. 

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: Somewhere in Brooklyn, a little boy dreams of being a famous artist, not knowing that one day he would make himself a king.

Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own style introduces young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.
 
This stunning picture book was awarded the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal and the 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
 

About the author: Javaka Steptoe is an award  winning artist, author, designer, and illustrator.  His debut picture book, In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall, won the Coretta Scott King Award, and Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow (written by Gary Golio) received a Coretta Scott King Honor. Steptoe has also illustrated Do You Know What I'll Do? by Charlotte Zolotow, A Pocketful of Poems by Nikki Grimes, Amiri and Odette: A Love Story by Walter Dean Myers, Rain Play by Cynthia Cotten, and Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English, which received the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. He is also the author and illustrator of The Jones Family Express. Please visit him online at www.Javaka.com and follow him on Twitter @javaka_steptoe.

 

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637