Lullaby (for a Black Mother
Publication Date: March 2013
List Price: $16.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.
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.
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.
"Hughes' classic lullaby gets a loving lift with Quall's graceful artwork."
"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."