Going Back Home: An Artist Returns to the South

By Toyomi Igus
Illustrated by Michele Wood

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More than half a century after her family moved North to find a better life, artist Michele Wood returned to the South to see and experience the land where her ancestors lived, struggled, and thrived.

In Going Back Home, Michele presents a series of paintings inspired by this personal journey. Through her complex and richly patterned art, Michele places herself back in history, imagining her ancestors’ struggles to overcome hardship through family love and community.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Toyomi Igus - Author

is the author and editor of several books for children, including Two Mrs. Gibsons and the award-winning Going Back Home, her brilliant account of artist Michele Wood's personal journey to the South. The former Editor and Publications Director for UCLA's Center for African American Studies, she lives in Los Angeles, California.

Thumb_thumb Michele Wood

is a painter, media artist, and printmaker whose work has gained wide recognition in the United States, Canada, and Nigeria. Her first book, Going Back Home, received the 1997 American Book Award and was highly praised for its stunning art and powerful, personal treatment of African American history. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

About This Title


Paperback: 9780892391974

Six Pack: 9780892392889


American Book Award
Before Columbus Foundation

Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

California Collections - Elementary School
California Readers

National Parenting Publications Award

Skipping Stones Honor Award
Skipping Stones Magazine

Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 3 - 5

Reading Level:

Grades 4 - 5


United States History, Slavery, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Overcoming Obstacles, Home, History, Heroism, Grandparents, Forgiveness, Farming, Families, Education, Dreams & Aspirations, Discrimination, Conflict resolution, Childhood Experiences and Memories, African/African American Interest, Biography/Memoir, Art, Poverty, Empathy/Compassion

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