Award-winning author/illustrator Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children. He has worked with Jane Yolen, Nikki Grimes, Eloise Greenfield, Howard Bryant, Joyce Carol Thomas and many more. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma.
Read Aloud Tips
Read with expression and emotion.
Preview the book before reading it with the group to invoke questions or reactions.
Build in time for students to respond to the story along the way.
A quiet and informative picture of belated emancipation. – Kirkus Reviews