The Jones Family Express
Written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
For as long as Steven can remember, Aunt Carolyn has traveled around the world, and she always sends him postcards from the places she visits. Those postcards make Steven feel special.
This summer Aunt Carolyn is coming to the annual block party and Steven wants to do something to make his aunt feel special too. He is determined to give her the perfect gift, but with little time and money, he worries that he won’t be able to find the right thing. Just when Steven begins to lose hope, he discovers a surprising inspiration—and learns that the best gifts of all come straight from the heart.
The Jones Family Express is a warm and joyous celebration of one boy's love for his family. Javaka Steptoe's inventive collage illustrations, bursting with color and energy, bring his story to life for families everywhere.
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About the Creators
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