Radiant Child

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
by Javaka Steptoe (Author / Illustrator)

Booktalk: A picture book biography won the Caldecott Award!

Jean-Michael 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.

Snippet: Somewhere in Brooklyn, between hearts
that thump, double dutch, and hopscotch
In his house, you can tell that a serious ARTIST dwells
As he sits at a table with pencils scattered everywhere.

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