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Javaka Steptoes Author Biography


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Javaka Steptoes Author Biography

  1. 2. <ul><li>Born in 1971 , New York City </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>John Steptoe and Stephanie Douglas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Grew up in an artistic household </li></ul><ul><li>High School of Art and Design </li></ul><ul><li>Degree in fine arts from Cooper Union, NYC </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with kids through: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Brooklyn Children’s Museum </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Children’s Museum of Manhattan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kindergarten assistant teacher for a year </li></ul></ul></ul>
  2. 3. John Steptoe <ul><li>Author/Illustrator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal Works 
 Stevie, 1969 
 Uptown , 1970
 Train Ride , 1971
 Birthday , 1972
 My Special Best Words , 1974
 Marcia, 1976
 Daddy Is a Monster. . . Sometimes, 1980 
 Mother Crocodile , 1982 (text by Rosa Guy)
 The Story of Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend * , 1984
 Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale * , 1987 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Died of complication from AIDS in late August of 1989 </li></ul>
  3. 4. In My Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers <ul><li>Lee & Low Books, 1997 </li></ul><ul><li>Javaka Steptoe’s first time illustrating a Children’s book </li></ul><ul><li>Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award </li></ul><ul><li>Nominated for Outstanding Children’s Literature Work at the 1998 NAACP Image Awards </li></ul><ul><li>A finalist ranking for the Bluebonnet Award for Excellence in Children’s Books </li></ul><ul><li>Received the 2005 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award </li></ul>
  4. 9. <ul><li>“ I might do the same things he does, but I can’t do them the way he did them, so I do things the way that I do them . I don’t have a problem being identified with him, but ultimately I will make my own footsteps .” </li></ul>
  5. 10. “ Promises”, David A. Anderson
  6. 11. The Jones Family Express Written and Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe <ul><li>Lee & Low 2003 </li></ul>
  7. 13. Hot Day on Abbott Avenue Written by Karen English Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe Clarion Books, 2004 <ul><li>Received the 2005 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award </li></ul>
  8. 16. Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah NY 2007 exhibit, Children Should Be Seen: The Image of the Child in American Picture-Book Art from “Hot Day On Abbot Avenue” by Karen English.
Illustration copyright © 2004 by Javaka Steptoe.
  9. 17. <ul><li>“… collage is one of those central metaphors of the African diaspora . A lot of art…is oftentimes a collage of other forms. It’s about making do , it’s about economic factors that we had in our past. This is part of what quilt-making is for me right now. It’s about taking those little pieces of something and putting them together . I think that’s why we have such giants of collage …because as Black people we have a special relationship to it” </li></ul>
  10. 18. &quot;... collage is a means of survival . It is how Black folks survived four hundred years of oppression, taking the scraps of life and transforming them into art forms . &quot;
  11. 19. Jimi Sounds like a Rainbow A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix By Gary Golio Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe Clarion Books 2010 <ul><li>2011 Coretta Scott King Award honor book </li></ul><ul><li>Winner of 2011 New York Book Show Non-Fiction Award </li></ul>
  12. 20. What’s Special About Me Mama? Words by Kristina Evans Illustration by Javaka Steptoe Hyperion, 2011
  13. 21. Javaka Steptoe, children's author and illustrator and alumnus of P.S. 125, reads to children at Read Out Loud! (A family literacy festival on December 5, 2009 at the Ralph Bunche School (P.S. 125) in Manhattan.)
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