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In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

By various poets

Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe


In this intergenerational collection of poetry by new and established African American writers, fatherhood is celebrated with honor, humor, and grace. Folami Abiade, Dinah Johnson, Carole Boston Weatherford, Dakari Hru, Michael Burgess, E. Ethelbert Miller, Lenard D. Moore, David Anderson, Angela Johnson, Sonia Sanchez, and Davida Adedjouma all contribute. Javaka Steptoe, who also offers a poem, employs an inventive range of media to bring each of the poems to life. In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall testifies to the powerful bond between father and child, recognizing family as our greatest gift, and identifying fathers as being among our most influential heroes.

Video Interview with illustrator and contributing poet Javaka Steptoe

Booktalk with illustrator and contributing poet Javaka Steptoe

Booktalk with contributing poet Davida Adedjouma

Teacher's Guide

Activity: Make a Father's Day Card

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist
Texas Library Association (TLA)

NAACP Image Award Winner
Outstanding Children's Literary Achievement

Los Angeles' 100 Best Books
International Reading Association
Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group

Best Books of the Year
Parenting magazine

More awards...
Interest Level
Grades 1 - 6
Reading Level
Grades 2 - 3
African/African American Interest, Family Traditions, Fathers, Grandparents, Poetry
Accelerated Reader
Level: 3.1
Points: .5
About the Creators

various poets listed in book description (above).

Javaka Steptoe is the illustrator of LEE & LOW's In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall, winner of numerous awards including the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and an ALA Notable. His two other picture books, Do You Know What I'll Do? (HarperCollins) and A Pocketful of Poems (Chronicle) have received critical acclaim as well. Steptoe is renowned for his innovative collage constructions. The Jones Family Express is his first book as both author and illustrator. He received his degree in fine arts from Cooper Union in New York City, and currently teaches art to children. The son of the late Caldecott medalist, John Steptoe, Javaka marks his picture book debut with this collection. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. To find out more about Javaka Steptoe, visit javaka.com

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