Books by Tony Medina

THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACK BOY by Tony Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"The fascinating illustrations matched with the dazzling imagery of Medina's tanka make this a captivating release. (Poetry. 5-adult)"
In elegant tanka verse, veteran poet Medina focuses the spotlight on the beauty of black boys with the help of an all-star cast of illustrators. Read full book review >
I AM ALFONSO JONES by Tony Medina
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"Painfully important. (Graphic fiction. 12-18)"
From the afterlife, black teenager Alfonso Jones, a 15-year-old victim of police brutality, watches the effect his murder has on his loved ones and community. Read full book review >
I AND I by Tony Medina
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2009

"Detailed endnotes provide background, poem by poem. (Biography/poetry. 8-12)"
In Love to Langston, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (2002), Medina paid homage to the Harlem poet Langston Hughes. Read full book review >
LOVE TO LANGSTON by Tony Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"This is a treasure to be read and reread—a splendid work. (Poetry. 8-12)"
A biography in verse pays homage to the life and art of Langston Hughes. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS MAKES ME THINK by Tony Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"In her publishing debut, Cox provides bright, mixed-media collage illustrations in attractive double-page spreads, but cheery art never saves a dreary story. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-6)"
Medina (DeShawn Days, p. 868, etc.) offers a misguided Christmas story that is an obvious message to young readers: stop being so materialistic and share the wealth, and go vegetarian while you're at it. Read full book review >
DESHAWN DAYS by Tony Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Sincerity to spare, but not much else. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
A series of free-verse poems gives readers a relentless look at the bright side of life in the projects. Read full book review >