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By Davida Adedjouma
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Black is dark, dark is lovely,
lovely is the palm of my heart
and my heartbeats are filled with joy
When children are encouraged to celebrate their lives — their joys, their influences, their hopes — the results are pure poetry. Honest, wise, and inspiring, each of the twenty poems in this dazzling collection resounds with the unique rhythms of life, as seen through the eyes of African American children.
Booktalk with editor Davida Adedjouma
Booktalk with illustrator R. Gregory Christie
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Best Books of the Year
Children's Books Mean Business
Children's Book Council
Not Just for Children Anymore
Children's Book Council (CBC)
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award
- Interest Level
- Grades 1 - 6
- Reading Level
- Grade 2
- African/African American Interest, Family Traditions, Poetry, Self Esteem/Identity
Davida Adedjouma is a writer, actor and teacher. She is the author of Last Summer, a collection of short stories, and the recipient of numerous literary awards and fellowships. Born in Chicago, she now lives in New York City. This is her first picture book.
R. Gregory Christie is a three-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor. His work for Lee & Low includes two books that won this award: The Palm of My Heart and Brothers in Hope. Christie has also been twice recognized on The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books list. He currently paints in the evenings while traveling around the country doing school visits. His website is gas-art.com .