Before the presidential election, Tony's newest book for kids will be released: The President Looks Like Me. He'll be stopping by (Tony Medina, not the President) for an interview on November 2.
Last week, we looked at Tony's verse biography of poet Langston Hughes, Love to Langston.
This week, let's look inside another Medina picture book biography, I and I Bob Marley. It's a must have for reggae fans -- those of us who sang "Three Little Birds," and other Marley favorites to our kids in lieu of lullabyes. But I also love I and I Bob Marley because it's a great biography. I learned much about Jamaica, Marley's life, and reggae music that I hadn't known before.
|The cover, by Jesse Joshua Watson
The illustrations by Jesse Joshua Watson are beautifully rich, pairing realistic faces with saturated jewel tones in the landscapes and backgrounds.
Here is the Lee & Low book trailer for I and I Bob Marley.
Lee & Low also has a book talk with Tony Medina and artist Jesse Joshua Watson that's worth reading.
By the way, the deadline (10/31) is coming up for Lee & Low's New Visions Award for a middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novel by a writer of color.
|Medina talking about his verse biography of Bob Marley.
My favorite poem in I and I Bob Marley is "Hope Road." Here is an excerpt.
by Tony Medina
Music comes to me like birds knocking on my window
filling me with songs in a nest of love singing at my window
I greet it with words that in my mind roam free and in my heart
find home like a windswept leaf scratching along my window
Music is a big old rusty sardine can I turn into a guitar
a dream I grab onto like a star shining outside my window
To read the rest, you'll have to buy (or borrow) the book!
Next week, I'll take a brief break from Tony Medina's children's books to preview another biography for children, Catherine Reef's The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily and Anne -- also due out this month. Then, we'll finish out October with Medina's DeShawn Days.
Enjoy your Poetry Friday. I'll see you off to our host, Betsy at Teaching Children Poetry with those Three Little Birds.