Love to Langston

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Lee & Low Books
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7.9 X 10.5 X 0.2 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Tony Medina is the author of six beloved books for young readers, as well as multiple volumes of poetry for adults. A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and a professor of creative writing at Howard University, Dr. Medina is a two-time winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. He lives in the Washington, DC area. R. Gregory Christie is the recipient of numerous awards including a Caldecott Honor and six Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honors, and his books have been recognized by The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books list three times. He currently paints in the evenings while traveling around the country doing school visits. You can visit him online at


* "The whole work is brought to life by Christie's remarkable, compelling illustrations, which perfectly complement each poem in content and mood. Christie also pays subtle homage to the African-American artists who have gone before him by incorporating hints of the styles of Horace Pippin and Jacob Lawrence in his illustrations. This is a treasure to be read and reread--a splendid work." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Medina's words stand on their own while they honor the tradition established by Hughes... Christie's full-page, vibrant illustrations and broad expanses of bold, flat colors and stylized figures invite readers into the world of sharecroppers, ocean liners, and libraries... A stunning collaboration." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"Here are 14 thoughtful poems inspired by the life of Langston Hughes, with extensive commentary and handsome illustrations." -- The New York Times

"Medina's solid research and accessible presentation may well lead readers to the work of Hughes himself." -- Publishers Weekly

"Selections move beyond biography to celebrate Hughes's passions -- jazz, literature, and the Harlem streets -- and the sliding, syncopated beats and unexpected rhymes are reminiscent of spoken-word poetry... Teachers and students will welcome this creative effort, particularly when the text is read with the concluding notes." -- Booklist

Notable Books in the Language Arts, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Bank Street Bookstore Bestseller, Bank Street College of Education
Original Art Show, Society of Illustrators

100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library