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Lee & Low Books
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7.3 X 9.4 X 0.2 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Zetta Elliott is an accomplished poet, playwright, author, and African American studies scholar. As a young girl she loved to escape into a good book and began writing as a way to create "a world that was better than my own." Elliott lives in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more about Zetta Elliot, visit her at or at her blog, Fledgling.

Shadra Strickland is the illustrator of several children's books including Lee & Low's Bird, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in Illustration. Along with illustrating and writing stories, Strickland loves to make drawings during her travels around the country and the world. She lives in Baltimore, where she also teaches illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art. Her website is


* "With unusual depth and raw conviction, Elliott's child-centered narrative excels in this debut." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"From a first-time author and illustrator comes a sad truth of contemporary life successfully leavened with hopeful optimism." -- School Library Journal

"In this beautiful picture book for older readers, Elliott and Strickland tell a moving story in spare free verse and clear mixed-media pictures of an African American boy who loves to draw." -- Booklist

"[A] stunning debut for both the author and the artist." -- Ginny Moore Kruse, Emerita Director, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

John Steptoe Award for New Talent in Illustrations - American Library Association (ALA)

ALSC Notable Children's Books - American Library Association (ALA)
Best Books - Kirkus Reviews
Celebrate with Books - Cleveland Public Library
Children's Books of the Year - Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Ezra Jack Keats Award - Grummond Children's Literature Collection
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People - Passaic County Community College
West Virginia Children's Choice Book Award - West Virginia Library Commission