Why this book?
This book is a lyrical, informative, and beautifully illustrated picture book biography about the poet Gwendolyn Brooks. The reader can learn all about her struggles and triumphs to becoming one of America’s most famous writers. This book is ideal for writing for children, and it would make an ideal gift for any child (or adult!) who loves poetry.
Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
Why should I read it?
3 authors picked Exquisite as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should 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…