Javaka Steptoe reads his Caldecott/Coretta Scott King Winner – Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Baldwin Hills Branch

What a wonderful event at the Baldwin Hills Branch Library! We got to meet the illustrator and author Javaka Steptoe and listen to him speak about his award winning book, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.


So, technically this branch is number 46, and we are only in the teens at the moment. . . but when the 2017 Caldecott Medal Winner and Coretta Scott King Book Award Winner is speaking – you go!


Watching the kids interact was fun to watch. How amazing that these little people get to be around such talented people like Javaka Steptoe and hear about amazing artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat. All thanks to public libraries.


The LAPL put on a great event, and we were lucky to chat with most of the people in attendance before and after the visit. Twenty of us even won a copy of the book, personally signed by Steptoe himself. He is an amazing artist, and speaker. And his book is a wonderful introduction to Jean-Michel Basquiat for children. I can’t wait to check out more of his books.


Riley likes to read books on the kitchen floor, so when we got home that’s where we ended up. All three of us. Before we then moved into the living room — or wherever she is leading us. . .



The book is beautiful. Thank you for a lovely afternoon! If you didn’t make the Baldwin Hills Branch event, there are two more — Wednesday July 12th at 4pm at the Studio City Branch and Thursday July 13th at the Felipe de Neve Branch libraries.


Go out and make new friends at the library.


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