The Blacker the Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas
Now in paperback! 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.
We are color struck
The way an artist strikes
His canvas with his brush
of many hues
Look closely at these mirrors
these palettes of skin
Each color is rich
in its own right
Coretta Scott King honorees Joyce Carol Thomas and Floyd Cooper celebrate the many shades of black in this lyrical and luminous collection of poems. In each poem, a child compares his color to the beautiful world around him, whether it be the silver stars at dusk, the red earth, the bronze on the summer leaves turing to autumn, or coffee so thick and black a spoon could stand in it. These are the colors that make us unique.
In Floyd Cooper’s magical portraits and Joyce Carol Thomas’s inspired poetry black is dramatic, black is distinctive, black is dazzling.