Mufaro’s, Baby Says and Stevie will all be available to sell in stores on December 31st! Start your New Year off right with some John Steptoe classics! *
#childrensbooks#johnsteptoe#mufaro ’sbeautifuldaughters #stevie#awardwinning#icon#babysays#blackbooks
Today’s picks from my bookshelf are two I’ve thoroughly enjoyed over the years. They’ve been read again and again. Jericho is holding ‘Salt in His Shoes’ by #DelorisJordan with #RoslynJordan . It was a Christmas gift to his dad, my son, about 15 years ago and it’s still a great story! @kadirnelson illustrations are the bees 🐝 knees! Zoey’s book is #johnsteptoe ‘Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughter’s.’ A #caldecotthonor book, this African Tale is a classic inspired by a folktale published in 1895. Have you read either of these books? #picturebookmonth#childrensbooks#kidlit
Found this gem at the library last week. What a gift! When I was small, this was my very favorite book. I’ve been looking for it ever since but didn’t know the title or author. But here she is- the kids are enjoying it and the illustrations are exactly as I remember them. Beautiful story, beautiful book. I highly recommend Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe. 📚🐛 #gwynethrecommends#johnsteptoe#mufarosbeautifuldaughters#lovethisbook#newberryawardwinner
New board book alert: Coming December 31, 2018! This adorable forthcoming board book appears to be a re-print of a 1988 classic that’s now out of print. Yay for revising it and bringing it back for new generations to enjoy! Anybody happen to have a copy of the original? #babysays#johnsteptoe#boardbook#boardbooks
Who remembers this book?! Trap Classic! 💪🏿🖤 #tbt
Originally published over 30 years ago, this lovely children’s book is still a personal favorite to this day. In a nutshell the message is this:
No matter how beautiful, smart, or capable you think you are character/integrity is the deciding factor in how far you go in life. Thank you John Steptoe for being an introduction to mindful living. How you treat someone always matters. 🤷🏿♀️🖤 I never understood people who feel like unless they’re totin’ a gun, knife, or raising their fists they can’t hurt someone. False! Build up your community, run a nation. 💪🏿🖤 #trueleadership#johnsteptoe#blackchildrensbooks#emotionalintelligence
Today was my first time visiting this exquisite establishment! I had time to kill while waiting for the Mini Me to get her hair done LOL. My heart was immediately filled with warmth walking in...the selection of books were AMAZING! I was delighted to see the children’s 👶🏽 section had most of the books I have bought over the years for my own. My FAVORITE book as a child was eloquently perched on the shelf in all its splendor (Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe). I definitely need every hoodie and shirt sold in there...they all speak to my inner book 🤓 nerd. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The menu was just enough that I as a vegetarian have options but not too much where I would ponder too long on what I would want. I ran into the founder of the book club I’m in @get.cha.mind.right it was GREAT seeing you Steph!!! Make sure at one point or another to check out this spot ❤️❤️❤️#supportblackbusiness#blackbookstore#unclebobbiescoffeeandbooks#marclamonthill#mufarosbeautifuldaughters#johnsteptoe
Bweela Steptoe will be back by popular demand for story time and a book signing!
WHEN: Saturday, March 10th at 10:30am
Bed-Stuy native John Steptoe was an author and illustrator for children’s books dealing with aspects of the African-American experience. He is best known for Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (1988 Caldecott Honors) which was acknowledged by literary critics as a breakthrough in African history and culture. His work is currently being displayed alongside Bweela's at the restaurant.
Happy world book day!🌎📖☀️
Book: Mufaro's beautiful daughter
Author: John Steptoe
Character: Queen Nyasha
We need more books in school's that reflect our community.
We need more books in school's that promote a positive example for our children.
We need more books in school's that feature people of colour and people with disabilities.
We need more books that delve deep into culture and traditions.
African history is not discussed in the curriculum. Why?..
Not all children in Africa live in mud huts! I say this because the books that feature children that look like me, are the books based on Africa ( where the children are barefoot and in mud huts )that only come out of the " topic box" on special occasions and may remain in the book corner for a little "diversity" ( to look good for OFSTED ) on the shelf.
Africa has a rich and diverse history.
We were Kings and Queens before slavery FYI.
Before #wakanda graced our screens and presented a diverse, rich positive example of Africa, books such as "Mufaro's beautiful daughters" presented a positive example for children that looked like me. The children loved this book and knew exactly who I dressed up as. As their teacher, I was so proud of my class. I made sure I educated them with the truth. The school bought books that I asked for and I did have some input ( to a certain extent, because let's face it: the school system needs fixing BIG TIME!) to enhance the school's topic criteria.
Books equals FREEDOM.
Freedom is POWER.
Congrats are also in order for @charlypalmer60 for winning the #CorettaScottKing / #JohnSteptoe New Talent Award for New Illustrator for his work on Mama Africa!, and to Lawrence Jackson for winning the Black Caucus #ALA Award for Nonfiction with his book, Chester B. Himes!
#alayma18#CSK#JohnSteptoe Award for New Talent winners: author @dbarclaymoore for The Stars Beneath Our Feet and illustrator @charlylpalmer for Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song
I've been awarded the Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe Award! Abundant thanks to the Coretta Scott King Awards Jury and to the #AmericanLibraryAssociation for this great honor! I am over the moon and this distinction means so much to me. I am an admirer of the work of both #CorettaScottKing and #JohnSteptoe . I am so grateful to them for blazing trails for me as an African American and as an author. When I was a child, I remember being attracted to those "shiny, metallic stickers" that were stamped on some books. Now, I finally get one for my own book! Thank you! #alayma18#black#author#Books#writing#ala#awards#harlem
John Steptoe is one of the pioneers in children's literature for Black children. His book, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, was considered a breakthrough in African history and culture for kids in America in the late 80s.
This beautiful African folktale of two sisters, who couldn't be more opposite, and a King's search for a wife, was based on an ancient Zimbabwe city and used the Shona language. This book helped children to begin to understand and discover pride in their African heritage that had been buried and ignored.
Also a Caldecott winner, Steptoe is the father of my first featured author, Javaka Steptoe.
My #FBF is in honor of children’s author and illustrator John Steptoe who wrote one of my favorite childhood books of all time, “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.” I remember asking my mom to buy me “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” yet she returned with this book (lol) and thankfully she did... Because John saw the importance of capturing the African experience through storytelling, at a very young age I saw characters that looked like me and could be proud of the stories that were told about me. In recognition of Black History Month, I salute all the writers and artists - those we constantly hear about and the ones we do not - who inspire little boys and girls of color (like me) to follow in their footsteps and dream big. #blackhistorymonth#mufarosbeautifuldaughters#johnsteptoe
Still one of my all-time favorite #childrensbooks as a child (and even still as an adult); I always feel like giving a copy to any little #Blackgirl I see (and the last copy I owned I did just that). I always imagined myself as the #Africanking in the story. The European counterpart, #Cinderella , never showed me the virtue on the part of #PrinceCharming , other than he was rich and fell for a beautiful woman he met at a ball whose glass slipper he found left behind and had to find the one in all the kingdom whose foot fit it (random criteria 🤔). With #MufarosBeautifulDaughters , I not only could imagine myself as the king (especially since I looked like him with the same #brownskin and short hair), but also showed me why I would fall in love with #Nyasha who would be worthy to be my #Africanqueen , and how I would know along the way, even when she didn't know it was me...and knowing how to avoid #Manyara who though physically beautiful as well, did not have the same virtues as her sister. All of this and also loving her #naturalhair and #naturalbeauty no makeup.
Yes, 10-year-old Ahmed was already being reinforced with positive images about the characteristics of a #goodwoman , as well as positive images of #Blackwomen , and this distinctly of an #Afrocentric nature (thank my English teacher grandmother for gifting this to me in my adolescent youth), even as early #HipHop and pop/tv culture was telling me I should be looking for girls with "lightskin/light eyes/good hair", which is not wrong if a good Black girl happened to look that way, if not for the fact it was also taught as being "better" than darker, less Eurocentric/more African looking girls.
30 years later and a diverse dating history, and I find my criterium still remains the same as my 10-year-old self was experiencing while turning those pages of this book--that she be, first and foremost, a woman with a beautiful soul no matter what she looked like on the outside...and also that if there was a particular physical/cultural characteristic or idea to be drawn to and feel qualified as beautiful, that it certainly wouldn't be a bad thing if she happened to look a bit like me 😉