What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Nikki Grimes, Frank Morrison, Brian Pinkney,
James Ransome, & Shadra Strickland

h1 January 20th, 2017 by jules

Illustration by Shadra Strickland: “Son, it is all too easy to let /
this world’s bullies puncture your / pride …”

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This morning over at Kirkus, I’ve got two new picture books that aren’t afraid to speak frankly to children. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about Nikki Grimes’s One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance (Bloomsbury, January 2017). Here today at 7-Imp, I’ve got a selection of illustrations from the book.



Illustration by James Ransome: “Less sure than desperate, / I dip my spoon /
into the bowl of years, / stir till I reach the Renaissance /
and find a few choice lines / to chew on …”

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Illustration by Frank Morrison: “Dream-killers daily stalk the street you and I / travel, trying to trip us up, but we can give them the slip. …”
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Illustration by Brian Pinkney: “One look, and we are neatly judged this / gang, these thugs, these dark delinquents in debt / to society. …”
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Illustration by Nikki Grimes: “Ignore those fast-talking, know-nothing guys on /
the avenue, describing you with the /
twisted words self-hate taught them on the street.”

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ONE LAST WORD: WISDOM FROM THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE. Copyright © 2017 by Nikki Grimes. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Bloomsbury, New York.

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