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I Am Every Good Thing


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An inspiring and critically acclaimed celebration of Black boyhood - perfect for 3+ children

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Derrick Barnes is an award-winning American author. His books include the New York Times bestseller The King of Kindergarten, as well as the critically acclaimed picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor, the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, and the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers. He is the author of the bestselling Ruby and the Booker Boys series, and his first YA novel, The Making of Dr. Truelove, was recognised by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick For Reluctant Readers.

As well as being an acclaimed author, Derrick was also the first African-American male staff writer for Hallmark Cards, and now owns the copy-writing company Say Word Creative Communications. He is the creator of the popular blog 'Raising the Mighty', where he "chronicles the experience of bringing up four beautiful Black boys in America." He lives with his family in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

Gordon C. James is the award-winning illustrator of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. His other books include Let 'Er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People's Champion, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, and the Scraps of Time series, written by Patricia McKissack. He is the recipient of a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, and his work has been featured in International Artist Magazine, and is part of the Paul R. Jones Collection. Gordon lives with his family in Charlotte, North Carolina.


‘Children everywhere should read I AM EVERY GOOD THING. It is beautiful, joyous & life affirming.’ – David Walliams ‘A poetic paean to the brilliance of black boys, its energetic pages filled with courage, joy and vivid, dynamic illustrations.’ Guardian ‘A stunning visual poem dedicated to supporting and loving black boys, I Am Every Good Thing features incredible illustration from Gordon C. James which really brings a tear to the eye on some particularly emotive spreads.’ Booktrust ‘Barnes and James provide us with a range of powerful, positive names to call Black boys as they urge us to see them, to love them, and to let them live their lives as they deserve.…' Horn Book 'Together, James’s energetic portraiture and Barnes’s affirming text powerfully and ecstatically convey the idea that all Black boys are “worthy to be loved.' Publisher Weekly '“The text has a cadence that demands to be read out loud, performed, sung, or shouted with joy and veracity. The need for a book like this, at a moment like this, could not be greater.…' Booklist ‘A much-needed book for Black children.' Kirkus 'A worthy and timely choice for every collection.' School Library Journal 'Barnes’ playful, potent style draws on inviting metaphor to lift this well above the usual supportive picture book celebration.' BCCB

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