Books by Michele Wood

I LAY MY STITCHES DOWN by Cynthia Grady
Released: Feb. 15, 2012

"A powerful grouping of thought-provoking poems and brilliantly designed paintings. (author's note, illustrator's note, bibliography) (Poetry. 10 & up)"
Enslaved African-Americans voice the weariness, drudgery, agony and dreams of their lives in a beautiful and informative collection of poetry and paintings. Read full book review >
I SEE THE RHYTHM OF GOSPEL by Toyomi Igus
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"An accompanying CD contains five songs representing selected musical eras, with the Golden Gate Quartet and—spectacularly—Mahalia Jackson, the clear standouts. (foreword, quotations, suggested song list) (Informational picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
Reprising the vibrancy of their Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner, I See the Rhythm (1998), Wood and Igus celebrate African-American gospel music along its historical transit from the Middle Passage to 21st-century "Holy Hip Hop." Read full book review >
I SEE THE RHYTHM by Toyomi Igus
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Stylish and lively design pulls it all together into an absorbing, attractive package. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The collaborators on Going Back Home (1997) return with a stunning history of African-American music. Read full book review >
GOING BACK HOME by Toyomi Igus
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The text interprets the images in light of the stories; the result is a visually vibrant, factual book that's sure to appeal to children of diverse ethnicities. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)"
 Igus (Two Mrs. Gibsons, p. 448) creates a warm first-person narration for Wood's art, reading as much like an exhibition program with interpretive notes as it does a history of the artist's family in the South. Read full book review >