Books by Faith Ringgold

BRONZEVILLE BOYS AND GIRLS by Gwendolyn Brooks
POETRY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

Brooks's gloriously universal celebration of African-American childhood here receives a respectful and joyous treatment from one of the pre-eminent illustrators of the same. Read full book review >

THE THREE WITCHES by Zora Neale Hurston
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Three witches had already eaten a boy and girl's mother and father, so their grandmother took them to live with her far off in the woods." Read full book review >

O HOLY NIGHT by Faith Ringgold
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Sumptuous gold and brilliant jewel tones are the palette for this visually arresting collection of traditional Christmas carols illustrated in Ringgold's distinctive style. Read full book review >

CASSIE’S WORLD QUILT by Faith Ringgold
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

Cassie, the main character of Ringgold's beloved Tar Beach (1999) and two related board books, appears here in a large-format work designed for toddlers and preschoolers (and ESL students) who are learning to name objects and people. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 1999

Ringgold's biography of Rosa Parks packs substantial material into a few pages, but with a light touch, and with the ring of authenticity that gives her act of weary resistance all the respect it deserves. Read full book review >

THE INVISIBLE PRINCESS by Faith Ringgold
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

Echoes of the title story in Virginia Hamilton's The People Could Fly (1985) reverberate through this original tale of a hidden child of slavery leading her people to freedom. Read full book review >

BONJOUR, LONNIE by Faith Ringgold
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Lush, deeply imagined paintings can't quite carry the didactic storyline in this tale from the creator of My Dream of Martin Luther King (1995). Lonnie, an orphaned African-American boy with the red hair and green eyes of his mixed heritage, is transported back to Paris during the first world war by l'Oiseau d'Amour—the Love Bird. Read full book review >

MY DREAM OF MARTIN LUTHER KING by Faith Ringgold
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

Ringgold embroiders her vision of King's life and message with scenes from a dream the narrator has had: Young Martin is turned away from a white school, gets caught up in a civil rights demonstration and is jailed, and marches with his parents in front of a huge crowd, all carrying bags of ``prejudice, ignorance, hate, violence and fear, which they intended to trade for hope, freedom, peace, awareness and love.'' She notes that ``some people had bigger bags than others, but everybody had something to trade.'' Her dream ends at King's funeral, with those bags in a huge pyre. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

In her first book for adults, artist and children's author Ringgold tells an occasionally engaging but flawed account of her very full life. Ringgold has lived through much, suffered some, and occasionally hobnobbed with the great. Read full book review >

DINNER AT AUNT CONNIE'S HOUSE by Faith Ringgold
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

A history lesson introducing 12 notable African-American women (Rosa Parks, Mary McLeod Bethune, Zora Neale Hurston, et al.) in the guise of a story about a special family dinner: 12 portraits in the hostess's attic come magically to life and speak to the nine- year-old narrator. Read full book review >

AUNT HARRIET'S UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN THE SKY by Faith Ringgold
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

Cassie Lightfoot, whose soaring journey in Tar Beach (1991) garnered a Caldecott Honor, flies again. Read full book review >

TAR BEACH by Faith Ringgold
Released: Feb. 10, 1991

"Beautiful, innovative, and full of the joy of one unconquerable soul."
A Harlem-born artist expands on one of her distinctive "quilt paintings" to create a marvelously evocative book that draws on her own imaginative life as a child. Read full book review >
TAR BEACH by Faith Ringgold
Released: Feb. 10, 1990

A Harlem-born artist expands on one of her distinctive "quilt paintings" to create a marvelously evocative book that draws on her own imaginative life as a child. Read full book review >