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John Steptoe

Caldecott Award Winning Author
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Jazmine Jackson

on 16 September 2012

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Caldecott Award Winning Author John Steptoe John Steptoe was born on September 14, 1950 in Brooklyn, NY. He is best known for "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters", which was acknowledged by literary critics as a breakthrough in African-American history and culture. Who is John Steptoe? John began drawing as a young child & recieved formal art training at the High School Of Art & Design in Manhattan, NY. He began his first picture book "Stevie" when he was just 16 years old. more about Mr. Steptoe... "Stevie" was published 3 years later & recieved national attention when it was featured in "Life" magazine, which commended it for being "a new kind of book for black children" Stevie Since his publication of "Stevie", John Steptoe illustrated 15 more picture books, 10 of which he also wrote. The American Library Association named "The Jumping Mouse" in 1985 and "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters" in 1988 Caldecott Honor Books, a prestigious award for children's books illustrators. Steptoe also recieved the Coretta Scott King award twice. Once for "Mother Crocodile" & another award for "Mufaro's beautiful daughters" John Steptoe died at only 38 years old on August 28, 1989 of unknown causes in Saint Lukes Hospital in Manhattan, New York. At the time of his death, Steptoe was among the few African American Artists who made a career in Childrens Literature. Following his death, the American Library Association established the John Steptoe Award for new talent, which is given to recongnize new talent in writing and/or illustrating.
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