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2017 Caldecott Medalist

Radiant Child


Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe, was just awarded the 2017 Caldecott Medal as the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The Caldecott website compares the book's illustrations to the work of Basquiat himself, saying "Steptoe’s illustrations radiate energy and immediacy. A patch-worked canvas of scavenged wood, painted and collaged with photos, and images of human anatomy, evokes the improvisatory nature of Basquiat’s art. Radiant Child resonates with emotion that connects Steptoe with Basquiat and Basquiat with young readers." 

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