Javaka Steptoe at the Skokie Public Library

Javaka Steptoe, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Illustrator award-winning artist, designer, and illustrator, will join us at the Skokie Public Library to discuss his book, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The picture book, which he wrote and illustrated, is a vibrant biography of street artist Basquiat. Steptoe won the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal and the 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for the book.

Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.

Javaka Steptoe is an award-winning artist, designer, and illustrator. His debut picture book, In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall, won the Coretta Scott King Award, and Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow (written by Gary Golio) received a Coretta Scott King Honor. He has also illustrated Do You Know What I'll Do? by Charlotte Zolotow, A Pocketful of Poems by Nikki Grimes, Amiri and Odette: A Love Story by Walter Dean Myers, Rain Play by Cynthia Cotten, and Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English, which received the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. He is also the author and illustrator of The Jones Family Express. Javaka invites you to visit his website at

This event is free, but you must register by calling the library at 847-673-7774.


Event date: 

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

Skokie Public Library
5215 Oakton St.
Skokie, IL 60077
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316213882
Availability: On Our Shelves to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016

Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award