Search Results: "Sean Qualls"


BOOK REVIEW

JUMP BACK, PAUL by Sally Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"While the author is otherwise quite respectful toward this beloved black poet, as many grandmas of various races and ethnicities would say, it's not what's said but how it's said. (timeline, source notes, selected bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-12)"
Paul Laurence Dunbar's words serve as a cornerstone for much of black literature and everyday lit-dropping conversations among black folks. But when they cross the color line…. Read full book review >

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LULLABY (FOR A BLACK MOTHER) by Langston Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Share with little ones needing a gentle lullaby. (note, further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 2-6)"
An urban setting with a calming palette complements the soothing, loving tone of Hughes' poem celebrating an African-American mother and her baby. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2006

"Simple charcoal drawings accompany the text and capture its emotional and geographical atmosphere. (Biography. 10-14)"
A work born out of love for the man and his poetry, this biography-in-verse pays tribute to Juan Francisco Manzano, who lived between 1797 and 1853. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Absorbing. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Taken from a variety of sources, including speeches, letters, essays, and poetry, powerful words of eminent African-Americans tell the history of the struggles to achieve freedom and then equality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Despite the gentle way this book unfolds, the language and images deal a blow to racist thinking and just might inspire the next generation of young civil rights activists. (artists' note, sources) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Biography and autobiography intertwine in this account of the landmark case of Loving v. Virginia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BABY ON THE WAY by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2005

"In the end, suggesting that Jamal may one day himself be asked the same question, Grandma offers to tell him about when he was the baby on the way—and what young listeners won't want to hear their own versions of that story? (Picture book. 5-8)"
A child's question to his grandma opens a window to another time and place in this intimate, intergenerational conversation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PHILLIS’S BIG TEST by Catherine Clinton
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 7, 2008

"A powerful introduction to the first published African-American poet. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Phillis Wheatley was named for the slave ship that brought her to Boston. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIZZY by Jonah Winter
Kirkus Star
by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Sean Qualls
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"OOP BOP SH'BAM!' (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
The syncopated rhythms of bebop form the backbeat to this introduction to Dizzy Gillespie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO WILL I BE, LORD?  by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"Quall's lovely, textured illustrations depict realistic figures against backgrounds suffused with blues and purples. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In this substantive yet never heavy offering, an African-American girl reflects on the people in her family, wondering, after lovingly considering each: "And what will I be, Lord? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FREEDOM SONG by Sally M. Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"The desire to live free is powerful, and this story celebrates one man's amazing journey to achieve that end. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
When his wife and children are sold away, an enslaved man devises an extraordinary means of escape to the North and succeeds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2008

Weatherford's compressed poetic homage to Coltrane's early influences relays biographical details through metaphors evoking sound: "Before John was a jazz giant, / he heard Grandpa's Sunday sermons, / Mama playing hymns for the senior choir, / and the scoutmaster's call to join a band." Read full book review >