Sunday, April 23, 2017

Book Review: The Radiant Child

THE RADIANT CHILD by Javaka Steptoe is an award-winning picture book telling the story of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Winner of the 2017 Caldecott Medal for children’s illustrator, this biography shares the true story of a boy who dreamt of becoming an artist. The book concludes with a biographical sketch, information about the artist’s work, and a note from the author/illustrator.
Like artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Steptoe used a variety of found materials to create the artwork for this fascinating work.
Librarians will find this picture book to be an effective tool for teaching about biographies along with an inspirational resource for young artists.
To learn more about the author/illustrator, go to
Published by Little Brown, an imprint of Hachette. ARC courtesy of the publisher.