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This post is part of our Black Authors Series
You know how you reach for a book often to read to your child, and quite honestly don’t pay attention to who the author is until you’re doing research for a Black History Series for your blog? Yeah. That.
Angela Johnson is a favorite around here because of two particular books – Lily Brown’s Paintings and Wind Flyers. The stories are so beautiful, and ones that we’ve learned to cherish over the years. She has authored books that range from Preschool aged to young adult. Every one of her books is an offering to each stage of childhood.
I love that each and every child in my home has enjoyed her books at some point of time in their lives, and that they’ll continue to pick them up to enjoy for more years to come.
Angela Johnson is an award winning American children’s book and poetry author with over 40 books to her credit. She began her writing career in 1989 with the publication of a picture book called “Tell Me a Story, Mama” which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award in 1991. She has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels “The First Part Last (2004),” “Heaven(1999),” and “Toning the Sweep” (1994).”The First Part Last” was also the recipient of the Michael L Printz Award.“When I Am Old With You” was an Honor Book in 1990 and named an American Library Association Notable Book. “The Other Side, The Shorter Poems” was also selected as a Coretta Scott King Honor book in 1998. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a2003 MacArthur Fellow. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1961, she grew up in Alabama and Ohio. She lives in Kent, Ohio.
I hope that you’ll continue to join us this month for our series on Black Children’s Authors, and pick up some of these books for your home library. Sharing the gift of diverse literacy with everyone in your home.