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Battle of the Books

2017 Judge: Javaka Steptoe

Javaka Steptoe is an artist, designer, and illustrator.  He has illustrated 11 award-winning books, including CSK Award winner In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall and CSK honor book Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow.  His most recent picture book, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, received 5 starred reviews and reflects Javaka’s belief in art as a tool for education — strengthening problem solving skills, building self-esteem, and fostering independent thought.  Javaka invites you to visit his website at

Javaka Steptoe(c) Gregg RichardsPhoto credit: Greg Richards

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