#Repost from @bookbeatdetroit with @regram.app ... Happy birthday John Steptoe, born in Brooklyn September 14, 1950. Author and illustrator of 15 groundbreaking books on African-American experience including the Caldecott Honor book Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: an African Tale. First published in 1987, it has remained in hardcover and is now in its 55th printing. Steptoe died tragically in 1989 at the age of 38. #johnsteptoe
Happy birthday John Steptoe, born in Brooklyn September 14, 1950. Author and illustrator of 15 groundbreaking books on African-American experience including the Caldecott Honor book Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: an African Tale. First published in 1987, it has remained in hardcover and is now in its 55th printing. Steptoe died tragically in 1989 at the age of 38. #johnsteptoe
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
This week I wanted to try something different and have themed book features. Along with my regular book reviews I wanted to also feature a different book theme each week. This week’s theme is African Folklore. Folklore consists of the expressive body of culture shared by a group of people and includes oral traditions, tales, proverbs, jokes, rituals, and traditions. This is a topic that I have always wanted to learn more about, specifically how African Folklore has been adapted throughout the diaspora.
The first feature, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters exemplifies this as a retelling of the classic Cinderella story using African cultural themes. A Caldecott Honor and Reading Rainbow book, this memorable retelling of Cinderella is perfect for introducing children to the fairy tale as well as the history, culture, and geography of the African nation of Zimbabwe.
Creator of award-winning picture books for children, the late author and illustrator John Steptoe was born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. From childhood, John Steptoe drew pictures and told stories with them. Based on an African tale recorded in the 19th century, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters required Mr. Steptoe to research African history and culture, awakening his pride in his African ancestry. Mr. Steptoe hoped that his books would lead children, especially African American children, to feel pride in their origins and in who they are.
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 😉
"One day, Nyasha noticed a small garden snake resting beneath a yam vine. 'Good day, little Nyoka,' she called to him. 'You are welcome here. You will keep away any creatures who might spoil my vegetables.' She bent forward, gave the little snake a loving pat on the head, and then returned to her work. From that day on, Nyoka was always at Nyasha's side when she tended her garden. It was said that she sang all the more sweetly when he was there."
From "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters" by John Steptoe. The illustrations in this are so beautiful, but rereading it this time I found myself kind of #TeamManyara (the mean sister). I think she deserves a better fate than she receives!
'You will encounter hardships on your way, but don't despair. You will reach the far- off land if you keep hope alive within you.' The Story of Jumping Mouse by John Steptoe is one of my most beloved childhood books. (I'm probably going to get a Jumping Mouse #tattoo at some point. And yes it's where my username comes from.) It's a story of magic, courage, perseverance, kindness, and hope. It teaches us that kindness begets kindness, there is always a way forward, and that sometimes transformation requires a little magick and a little leap of faith. We have to trust in ourselves and in the universe to provide what is necessary. I've been thinking a lot about Jumping Mouse over the last few months. Things have been incredibly difficult financially and spiritually. It can be so unbearably frustrating to work so hard for so long and feel you have made little progress towards your goals. It can be frustrating to arrive at a small goal and be so changed that you can no longer enjoy it as you once may have. I have drawn 'The Wanderer' card many times in recent months and it tells me to listen to the wisdom of Magic Frog and keep to the example of Jumping Mouse. So even though I am a little scared and a little sad-I know I must still be kind to others. I know I must not become bitter or give up. I try to keep hope alive within me. And I know that as long as I have that-I will reach the far off land. #thestoryofjumpingmouse#johnsteptoe#nativeamericanlegend#jumpingmouse#thewildwoodtarot#thewanderer#crystals#childrensbooks#caldecottbook#witchthings#bornagainpagan#pagan#bookstagram#booksyoushouldread#hope#courage#motivation#spiritualgrowth#spiritanimal#tarot#book