KidLit Podcast: Javaka Steptoe


Caldecott Award winner and author and illustrator of RADIANT CHILD, Javaka Steptoe, is on KidLit RADIO! Art from the heart describes Javaka’s work as he expresses the beauty of diversity, art and history in his work. What better place to meet up with him than the Texas Library Association Conference — one of the biggest librarians conferences in the world, where librarians come together to celebrate the book!




Somewhere in Brooklyn, a little boy dreams of being a famous artist, not knowing that one day he would make himself a king.

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat’s own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean–and definitely not inside the lines–to be beautiful.

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