DINAH JOHNSON has written several books for young readers, including All Around Town. A professor of English literature at the University of South Carolina, Dinah lives with her daughter, Niani, in Columbia, South Carolina.
Dinah Johnson; Richard Samuel Roberts, Photographer
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
This special picture book offers a window into the African American community of Columbia, South Carolina, during the early twentieth century. While the town is specific, the themes and photographs are universal--weddings and funerals, teachers and preachers, sassy cars and baseball teams, and, of course, families of all sizes. More than half a century later, Richard Samuel Roberts's photographs and Dinah Johnson's lyrical text come together to illustrate the pride, joy, and strength of a bustling community.