Spin a Soft Black Song

Poems for Children

Nikki Giovanni; Illustrated by George Martins

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A favorite collection of thirty-five poems for and about black children celebrates the energy and joy of life.

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"Martins' black-and-white drawings exude action and feeling, and the elements he chose to illustrate are perceptive and sensitive...A fine addition to the poetry shelves." --Booklist

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Nikki Giovanni; Illustrated by George Martins

Nikki Giovanni has written many books of poetry for children and adults. She is the author of Lincoln and Douglass, The Genie in the Jar, and Ego-tripping and Other Poems for Young People. Rosa is a Caldecott Honor book. Giovanni calls herself, "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English."  She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Lincoln Heights, an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. She studied at Fisk University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University.  She published her first book of poetry, Black Feeling Black Talk, in 1968, and since then has become one of America’s most widely read poets. Oprah Winfrey named her as one of her twenty-five “Living Legends.” Her autobiography Gemini was a finalist for the National Book Award, and several of her books have received NAACP Image Awards. She has received some twenty-five honorary degrees, been named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle Magazine, The Ladies Home Journal and Ebony, was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and has been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry.  Nikki Giovanni lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, where she is a professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

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Spin a Soft Black Song
Poems for Children
Nikki Giovanni; Illustrated by George Martins

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April 1987
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374464691
ISBN10: 0374464693
Middle-Grade Poetry
5 1/8 x 7 5/8 inches, 64 pages, Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$8.99
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