Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe was the 2017 Caldecott Medal Winner. This story is one of the most visually stunning as well as most powerful that is available for young readers in libraries and book stores across the nation. This book gives readers a glimpse into the life of one of the art industries most influential minds: Jean-Michael Basquiat. Javaka Steptoe is the son of 2 time Caldecott Honor recipient, John Steptoe. The second Steptoe provides a beautiful look into the early beginnings of Basiquiat’s life and some of the troubles he faced on his way to stardom. What is truly special about this book is that to pay respect to Basquiat’s beliefs about how art should be created, each page in itself is constructed like a piece of art. The coloring and textures on every page reflect the erratic and almost haphazard tendencies of Basquiats own pieces. With hand drawn imagery as well as collage style backgrounds all juxtaposed on frilly frames readers will be entranced as they follow the story of one of the most amazing artist to ever exist.
The cover is already a masterpiece and every page after is no disappointment. Do no hesitate to gift a child with the experience to learn about how a child very similar to them overcame some of humanities hardest known trials and then became one of its biggest influences.
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