Javaka Steptoe
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Recent Awards
  • 2011 The Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor Book for Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow
  • 2011 Bookbinder's Guild of New York, New York Book Show award winner for Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow
  • 2010 New York Times Bestseller for Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow
  • 2009 Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center Peeks Program, The Creative Process Residency
  • 2007 Humanities Washington Grant The Creative Process (Arts and Education)

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Recent Reviews

Announcing the homecoming performance of Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters. The Dallas Children’s Theater, which is currently on tour with a musical based on John Steptoe's Caldecott Award winning book, will bring it home to Brooklyn in April. Don't miss out! Read more on the John Steptoe website.

ListenListen to Javaka talk about Jimi on NPR.

Jimi Sounds Like A Rainbow coverWhat Javaka Steptoe was doing when he learned Jimi Sounds Like A Rainbow had won The Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor this January...

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Recent Reviews

What’s Special about ME, Mama? coverAbout Javaka’s most recent book, What’s Special about ME, Mama? Booklist writes, “While kids of all backgrounds will connect with the story, this will be particularly welcomed by African American children who may see themselves in the boy’s richly diverse family, shown in Steptoe’s textured-paper collages that beautifully magnify the sense of sweet, snuggling intimacy between parent and child.”

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The Root features Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow and writes, “Steptoe's work is all the more impressive when you consider that it was done as collage, using plywood as the main pieces.”

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