"Jean-Michel 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"
About Javaka Steptoe
Javaka Steptoe is an award-winning artist, author, designer, and illustrator. He recently won the 2017 Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award for his latest picture book Radiant Child: The Story of Young Jean-Michel Basquiat, which is also a New York Times bestseller. His debut picture book, In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall, won the Coretta Scott King Award, and Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow (written by Gary Golio) received a Coretta Scott King Honor. Steptoe has also illustrated Do You Know What I'll Do? by Charlotte Zolotow, A Pocketful of Poems by Nikki Grimes, Amiri and Odette: A Love Story by Walter Dean Myers, Rain Play by Cynthia Cotten, and Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English, which received the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. He is also the author and illustrator of The Jones Family Express.
Please visit him online at www.Javaka.com and follow him on Twitter @javaka_steptoe.