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Javaka Steptoe

Hidden Chapel Studios

Javaka Steptoe is an eclectic young artist, designer and illustrator, building a national reputation as an outstanding contributor to the genre of children's literature. His debut work, "In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers," earned him the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, a nomination for Outstanding Children's Literature Work at the 1998 NAACP Image Awards, a finalist ranking for the Bluebonnet Award for Excellence in Children's Books and countless other honors. Since that time, Steptoe has illustrated and/or written more than a dozen books for youth readers, collaborating with some of the top names in the business—Walter Dean Myers, Nikki Grimes and Karen English. Javaka Steptoe travels extensively reading and conducting workshops at schools.

His new book is "Radiant Child."

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Scheduled events:
Inspiration & Imagination: The Work of an Illustrator
Illustrators face the challenge of moving between inspiration, imagination and hard work to create picture books that engage readers. Three award-winning illustrators will talk about the ways in which they explore this challenge in their creative processes.

Education Room 353 (Seats 117, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: R. Gregory Christie, Javaka Steptoe, David Wiesner
Moderator: Cyndi Giorgis

Radiant Child
Children / Teens
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
October 2016
ISBN 9780316213882
40 pages
$17.99, INSTOCK
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A visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe. More/less

Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow
Children / Teens
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
October 2010
ISBN 9780618852796
32 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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Before he became one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Jimi Hendrix was a boy who loved to paint and listen to records, and who asked himself an unusual question: could someone paint pictures with sound?

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Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
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Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

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