In this award-winning poetry book, acclaimed duo Joyce Carol Thomas and Floyd Cooper celebrate and honor Blackness with lyrical language and colorful portraits. This book received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and it is an ALA Notable Children’s Book. Now in paperback!

"Days couldn’t dawn without the night. Colors, without black, couldn’t sparkle quite so bright."

Black is dazzling and distinctive, like toasted wheat berry bread, snowberries in the fall, rich red cranberries, and the bronzed last leaves of summer. This luminous collection delivers poems that joyously celebrate these many shades of black beautifully.

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