Books by Faith Ringgold

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

"There is a drop of truth in every single playful, piercing stanza, and anything that brings these poems to a new audience is to be cheered; a lovely package indeed. (Picture book/poetry. 7+)"
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

"Includes adapter's and illustrator's notes and tributes to Hurston. (Picture book/folktale. 6-10)"
"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

"Includes a CD of the Harlem Boys Choir singing the carols in the same order as the text. (Picture book. 5-9)"
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

"Eye-catching endpapers with a bright alphabet-block quilt design provide another way for young children to practice their prereading skills. (Picture book. 1-4)"
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

"All the events are depicted in emotive naive artwork that underscores their truth; Ringgold delivers Parks's story without hyperbole, but rather as a life lived with pride, conviction, and consequence. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
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

"Ringgold (Bonjour, Lonnie, 1996, etc.) loads the story—more fable-like than any of her previous works—with lessons of forgiveness, while the Invisible Princess shines beatifically in turbulent, strongly colored illustrations. (Picture book. 6-8)"
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

"The complicated, though well-intentioned, story, with its layers of history and magical realism, may elude younger readers and leave older ones confused. (glossary, bibliography) (Picture book. 6-10)"
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). Read full book review >
MY DREAM OF MARTIN LUTHER KING by Faith Ringgold
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"This is her most accessible work since Tar Beach (1991), much less moiled and private than Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky (1992). (chronology) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
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

"A fine effort, but Ringgold's art speaks louder than her words. (photos and color illustrations, not seen)"
In her first book for adults, artist and children's author Ringgold tells an occasionally engaging but flawed account of her very full life. 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

"Historical note; brief bibliography. (Picture book. 4+)"
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 >