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."