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PETITION TO CO-NAME MONROE STREET JOHN LEWIS STEPTOE PLACE

John Lewis Steptoe, creator of award-winning children’s books, was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 14, 1950. He was raised right here on Monroe Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Let's bring his name home to Monroe Street. By signing this petition you approve of the co-naming of Monroe Street as John Lewis Steptoe Place. The Steptoe Family appreciates your support.
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100 GREAT CHILDREN'S BOOKS/100 YEARS

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters was one of the books chosen by children's librarians at The New York Public Library. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters was also chosen as one of the top 10 books to sell as a package collection from the 100 Great Children's Books.
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THE ABC OF IT: WHY CHILDREN'S BOOKS MATTER

A related exhibition featuring the work of John Steptoe is ongoing June 21, 2013 through March 23, 2014. The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter is on view at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Gottesman Hall at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

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Steptoe Links

Amazon.com's John Steptoe Page

The John Steptoe New Talent Award from American Library Association recognizes and promotes new talent.

The Brooklyn Eagle covers the performance of Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters in Brooklyn in the summer of 2012 by Dallas Children's Theater.

John Steptoe Papers at The University of Southern Mississippi

Open Library's John Steptoe Author Page

The Wikipedia article on John Steptoe

www.bweelasteptoe.com
John Steptoe's daughter, Bweela Steptoe, is a clothing designer who designs women's deconstructed clothing.

www.javaka.com
John Steptoe's son, Javaka Steptoe, is also an award-winning children's book author and illustrator.

Links updated November 15, 2013

Rights & Permissions
For all permission requests pertaining to John Steptoe’s artwork, writings or the exploitation of any of the following rights, including foreign and domestic publication rights, including UK, translation, magazine, newspaper, book club, audio, paperback reprint, hardcover reprint, large print, television, motion picture (including props and set dressing), radio, dramatic, public readings, electronic reproduction, and other formats or any other rights not stated, please contact:
Edward Necarsulmer IV

Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency

27 West 20th Street, Suite 1107

New York, NY 10011

(212) 645-7606

www.dclagency.com

About John Steptoe

John Lewis Steptoe, creator of award-winning picture books for children, was born in Brooklyn on September 14, 1950 and was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of that borough. He began drawing as a young child and received his formal art training at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. He was a student in the HARYOU-ACT Art Program and instructed by the highly recognized African American oil painter, Norman Lewis. He continued his studies at the Vermont Academy, where he was instructed by sculptor John Torres, and by William Majors, a painter acclaimed by the Museum of Modem Art for his etchings and printmaking.

His work first came to national attention in 1969 when his first book, STEVIE, appeared in its entirety in Life magazine, hailed as "a new kind of book for black children." Mr. Steptoe, who had begun work on Stevie at the age of 16, was then 18 years old. READ MORE

Selected Awards & Honors

MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS
The Caldecott Award
An ALA Notable Book
The Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration
Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Illustration
Reading Rainbow Featured Book

THE STORY OF JUMPING MOUSE
The Caldecott Award
An ALA Notable Book
Horn Book Fanfare Honor List

ALL THE COLORS OF THE RACE by Arnold Adoff
An ALA Notable Book
Reading Rainbow Highlighted Book

THANK YOU, JACKIE ROBINSON by Barbara Cohen
An ALA Notable Book

JEFFREY BEAR CLEANS UP HIS ACT
ALA Notable Booklist Children's Editor's Choice

OUTSIDE INSIDE POEMS by Arnold Adoff
ALA Notable Booklist Children's Editor's Choice

MOTHER CROCODILE by Rosa Guy
The Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration

The 1989 Milner Award
Voted by Atlanta schoolchildren for their favorite author

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School Visits
John Steptoe's daughter and son, designer Bweela Steptoe and writer and illustrator Javaka Steptoe, are available for school visits. They will talk about their father and their childhood experiences growing up with him, posing for his books and learning from his creative outlook.

Bweela and Javaka are happy to use their vender's license for visits to NYC Department of Education schools. Vender number on request. Please email if you are interested in a visit.






Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters Musical National Tour

Rated by TIME Magazine as one of the top five theaters in the nation performing for youth, Dallas Children’s Theater is taking their dramatization of MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS on a fifty-nine city national tour.

Download Dallas Children's Theater 2011-2012 National Tour

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Art Exhibits

If you are interested in hosting an art exhibit of the work of John Steptoe at your school, college, gallery or museum, please feel free to us.

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