The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children

By Davida Adedjouma
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Paperback: $10.95

Six Pack: $65.70

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.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Davida Adedjouma - Author

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.

Thumb_thumb 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

About This Title


Paperback: 9781880000762

Hardcover: 9781880000410

Six Pack: 9781584304319


Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor
American Library Association (ALA)

Best Books of the Year
Parenting magazine

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Firecracker Alternative Press Award
Firecracker Alternative Book Awards

Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 1 - 6

Reading Level:

Grades 2 - 2


Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Poetry, Friendship, Families, Dreams & Aspirations, Childhood Experiences and Memories, African/African American Interest, Pride, Colors

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