Why this book?
Like many authors, my most-asked question is “Where do you get your ideas?” Gwendolyn Brooks had the perfect answer: “Poetry comes out of life.” Brooks, the first Black person to win a Pulitzer Prize, grew up with parents who prized poetry. She began writing at age 7, published at 11, and kept writing about life—its tough times and its beauty—as she worked to make her words shine. That theme, that poetry can sustain and inspire, even through hardships, runs throughout this biography.
As Slade tells it, one day in 1950, Brooks, struggling to pay her bills--her electricity had been turned off--receives a call announcing that she had won poetry’s greatest honor. This bio will leave children amazed that it’s true and inspired to learn more.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
A picture-book biography of celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize
Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) is known for her poems about "real life." She wrote about love, loneliness, family, and poverty-showing readers how just about anything could become a beautiful poem. Exquisite follows Gwendolyn from early girlhood into her adult life, showcasing her desire to write poetry from a very young age. This picture-book biography explores the intersections of race, gender, and the ubiquitous poverty of the Great Depression-all with a lyrical touch worthy of the subject. Gwendolyn Brooks was the first Black person to…