Books by Lisa Cohen

ALL WE KNOW by Lisa Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2012

"Ambitious, erudite and only occasionally pedantic."
Meticulously researched biography about three extraordinary but underappreciated women who, as they memorialized themselves, also "colluded in [creating their] own invisibility." Read full book review >
THE SOUND OF KWANZAA by Dimitrea Tokunbo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Cohen's equally simple illustrations complement the text, the deep, vibrant colors reflecting the festive and reflective atmosphere of the celebration. (author's note, recipe, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-9)"
"Come close, gather 'round. / Listen to the sound of Kwanzaa." Read full book review >
LITTLE STEVIE WONDER by Quincy Troupe
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 4, 2005

"Closing with a recap and chronology, and even provided with a 2-song CD for a soundtrack, this will energize new listeners—and old ones, too. (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
"Oh, isn't he lovely, / this blind black boy, / born to love everyone?" Read full book review >
DANCING THE RING SHOUT! by Kim L. Siegelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An author's note gives a brief history. (Picture book. 4 -7)"
Toby is now old enough to join his family at the ring-shout in this story that draws on the African-American tradition of circle dances accompanied by call-and-response singing. Read full book review >
THE BLUES SINGERS by Julius Lester
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Excellence wears many faces: this works as biography, as source material for school reports, and as compelling storytelling. (bibliography, recommended listening) (Collective biography. 7-10)"
What is clearly a labor of love creates quite an extraordinary collective biography for young people, from a veteran observer. Read full book review >
LITTLE LIL AND THE SWING-SINGING SAX by Libba Moore Gray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Newcomer Cohen's illustrations are bright, bold concoctions, as flat and stylized as poster art, full of visual energy as they snap and sizzle along with the story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Lil lives with her mother, Mama Big Lil, and her ``fat- cheeked, curly-haired, horn-blowing Uncle Sudi Man.'' They are poor, but they love each other, and they laugh more than they cry. Read full book review >