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Arnold Adoff Poetry Awards 2020, Special Recognition

Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices 2019

Bank Street College of Eduction Best Children's Books 2019

Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book 2019

Kirkus Reviews Best of 2018, Middle Grade Poetry

School Library Journal, Best Books 2018, Poetry

These short, vibrant tanka poems about Black boys and young men depict thirteen views of everyday life: dressed in Sunday best, running to catch a bus, growing up to be teachers, and much more. Each of Tony Medina’s tanka is matched with a different artist—including recent Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Award recipients.


"The very different artistic renderings, which range from solid to psychedelic, all catch the eye. Though short (only 31 syllables over 5 lines), the poems pack a punch and are a great introduction to reading poetry and the art of writing it. Teachers and other adults will find many ways to use this with children." —Booklist

★ "The fascinating illustrations matched with the dazzling imagery of Medina’s tanka make this a captivating release." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "This shining title deserves a spot in all poetry collections." –Della Farrell, School Library Journal, starred review