Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee!

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Lee & Low Books
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8.9 X 10.6 X 0.5 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Andrea Loney is a screenwriter with an MFA in dramatic writing from New York University. She won the 2014 Lee & Low New Voices Award for Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!. Loney lives in California. Keith Mallett has been drawing and painting for as long as he can remember. As an artist and designer, he has created posters and fine art prints for more than thirty years. He had the pleasure of attending the original James VanDerZee exhibit, "Harlem on my Mind", at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was delighted to work on this biography. Mallett lives in San Diego, California, with his wife and their German Shepherd.


* "An absorbing debut... Mallett's lush acrylic paintings glow with a golden light in several scenes, treating his subject... with the same reverence VanDerZee brought to his work." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "The vibrant illustrations paired with the lively text make Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! a picture book biography that truly shares the beauty VanDerZee saw in his heart." -- Shelf Awareness, starred review

"The art will help readers to visualize this iconic setting and imbues a sense of pride in one of Harlem's unsung heroes. A fascinating addition to the picture-book biography shelf." -- Booklist

"A fascinating look at the development of early photography, the life of an African-American artist, and the world of the Harlem Renaissance." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Vivid visuals and comprehensive text combine for an excellent resource for biography collections." -- School Library Journal

Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Junior Library Guild Selection
NAACP Image Award Nominee, NAACP

Eureka! Award, California Reading Association
101 Great Books for Kids, Evanston Public Library