Like most of the kids he knows, Langston is a huge fan of boxing champ Muhammed Ali. After all, Ali is the greatest for so many reasons--his speed, his strength, his confidence--and his poetry. Langston loves that Ali can float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, and Ali's words give him confidence to spin his own poems. When Langston hears the champ is coming to the local high school, he's ecstatic--this will be a day that will go down in history for him. When the big day arrives, Langston gets a special haircut, and floats like a butterfly to meet his hero--so imagine his disappointment when a guard tries to stop him at the door, saying the event is just for students. Fortunately, Langston has learned a thing or two about fearlessness from the champ and is quick about not taking "no" for an answer. And just like that, a dream comes true for Langston that leaves him feeling wrapped in a warm glow and chanting I'm quick and I'm strong. I'm Black and I'm free. I'm brave and I'm bold, like Muhammad Ali!
Jabari Asim (therealjabariasim.com) is an accomplished poet, playwright, and writer, and has been described as one of the most influential African American literary critics of his generation. Asim has served as the editor-in-chief of Crisis magazine--the NAACP's flagship journal of politics, culture, and ideas--and as an editor at The Washington Post. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts and is the author of many award-winning books for adults and children, including Preaching to the Chickens (art by E.B. Lewis), which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. He is an Associate Professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
AG Ford (agfordillustration.com) is a three-time New York Times bestselling children's book illustrator and recipient of two NAACP Image Awards. He has illustrated picture books by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sharon Robinson, Ilyasah Shabazz, Martin Luther King III, Nick Cannon, Jonah Winter, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He lives with his family is Frisco, Texas.
- Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (October 18, 2022)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- ISBN-10: 152473988X
- ISBN-13: 9781524739881
- Reading age: 3 - 7 years
- Grade level: Preschool - 2
- Item Weight: 1.25 pounds
- Dimensions: 0.04 x 0.04 x 0.04 inches