Top 20 Books of 2018 (#20-16)

Happy Tuesday! Over the next four days, Travis Jonker and I will share our top 20 books of 2018.


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Martin Dreaming: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney 


Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney discuss Martin Rising: Requiem for a King. 



Download the Martin Rising discussion guide. 

I interviewed Andrea and Martin on May 24, 2017. Click here to read the full interview. Below is an excerpt from the conversation. 

Brian Pinkney says. . .

The cover illustration for Martin Rising: Requiem for a King arrived in my mind’s eye like a quiet, powerful storm. It was as if Martin’s essence was guiding my hand as I painted. Inspired by the work of artists like Chagalland abstract expressionist Norman Lewis, I was flooded with emotion as my paintbrush played with color and form.  The cover is rendered in watercolor, gouache, and ink. My hope is to depict the soaring spiritual heights of Martin’s life that inspired all of us to rise to our greatest selves, while at the same time, rejoicing in the feet-on-the-ground dedication of so many protesters who marched for equality during the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike, the final civil rights movement Martin led before his tragic death.

Andrea and I try to fill each and every book we create with the most powerful force in the world — love. This is especially true for Martin Rising, a book that celebrates the love Martin had for his wife, Coretta, and their children, but also the admiration he instilled in the hearts of the human family. As husband and wife collaborators, Andrea and I begin each project by tapping into the deep devotion and respect we have for each other and for our own children and family. We let that energy serve as our creative guide that is expressed through words and illustrations. Andrea’s historical “docu-poems” burst forth throughout Martin Rising. As soon as I read them, I knew that I wanted to punctuate her nonfiction narrative with paintings that convey the metaphorical impact of Martin’s mission. 



Fox & Chick: The Party: And Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier


Download a discussion guide. 


Margie Myers-Culver reviewed Fox & Chick: The Party: And Other Stories on July 8, 2018. 


Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal 


Juana Martinez-Neal discusses Alma and How She Got Her Name


Learn how to draw Alma. 


Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora 



Oge Mora chats with Roger Sutton. 


Oge Mora discusses Thank You, Omu! 


The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by Rafael López


Watch the book trailer for The Day You Begin


Download "A Guide to the Works of Jacqueline Woodson." 

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