Lullaby (for a Black Mother

Lullaby (for a Black Mother

By Langston Hughes; Sean Qualls (Illustrator)

Hmh Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780547362656, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 19, 2013

Description

My little dark baby, / My little earth-thing, / My little love-one, / What shall I sing / For your lullaby?" With a few simple words as smooth as a song, the poet Langston Hughes celebrates the love between an African American mother and her baby. The award-winning illustrator Sean Qualls's painted and collaged artwork captures universally powerful maternal moments with tenderness and whimsy. In the end, readers will find a rare photo of baby Hughes and his mother, a biographical note, further reading, and the complete lullaby. Like little love-ones, this beautiful book is a treasure.



About the Author
Langston Hughes (1902 1967) was born in Joplin, Missouri, and lived much of his life in Harlem, New York. As one America s most cherished chroniclers of the black experience, known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes s work was constantly groundbreaking throughout his forty-six-year career. His poetry about the ocean and the symbolism that surrounds it stems from his travels through Africa and Europe working as a seaman.

Sean Qualls received a Coretta Scott King Honor award for his illustrations in Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, and has published many other acclaimed books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family. Visit his website at www.seanqualls.com.


Praise For Lullaby (for a Black Mother

"Hughes' classic lullaby gets a loving lift with Quall's graceful artwork."
Booklist

"A wonderful celebration of both love and poetry."
School Library Journal

"A quiet but welcome introduction to the writer's work for the very young."
Publishers Weekly