Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Author Derrick Barnes and artist Gordon James previously teamed up on the critically acclaimed picture book Crown: Ode to the Fresh Cut, which received the Coretta Scott King Award and Caldecott and Newbery Honors. Now the duo have teamed up again on I Am Every Good Thing, a celebration of Black excellence and, according to a starred Kirkus review, a book “brimming with imagination and Black-boy joy.” James’s vibrant paintings powerfully echo messages of confidence and pride: “I am worthy of success / of respect, of safety, of kindness, of happiness.” Barnes and James will read from their book, offer insights into its creation, and participate in a brief Q&A with the Boston Public Library’s Philecia Harris. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the book’s creators!
Download these images to your phone and post using the Instagram app.