by Nikki Grimes (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him. From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn't quite like anybody else, but through his journeys he found the ability to listen to Hope and become what he was meant to be: a bridge to bring people together.
This is the moving story of an exceptional man, as told by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Bryan Collier, both winners of the Coretta Scott King Award. Barack Obama has motivated Americans to believe with him, to believe that every one of us has the power to change ourselves and change our world.
Nikki Grimes does not consider herself a bona fide storyteller, but, as she told an audience at the Library of Congress, she is happy to own the title Poet. Born and raised in New York City, Nikki began composing verse at the age of six and has been writing ever since.
A New York Times bestselling author and a prolific artist, she has written many award-winning books for children and young adults. Her works include the novels Bronx Masquerade, winner of the 2003 Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Jazmin's Notebook, a Coretta Scott King honor book and Bank Street College Book of the Year; the popular poetry collections Danitra Brown, Class Clown, Danitra Brown Leaves Town and Meet Danitra Brown, an ALA Notable and Coretta Scott King honor book, Hopscotch Love; Under the Christmas Tree; What is Goodbye?; Talkin' About Bessie, the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner and Author Award honor book, and Horn Book Fanfare book; Aneesa Lee & the Weaver's Gift, an American Bookseller Pick of the List; From a Child's Heart; A Dime A Dozen, My Man Blue; Come Sunday, an ALA Notable book; At Break of Day and When Daddy Prays. Other works include Stepping Out with Grandma Mac, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book, and Shoe Magic, A Pocketful of Poems, Wild, Wild Hair, Portrait of Mary, a work of adult fiction, and Malcolm X: a Force for Change, a YA biography which was an NAACP Image Award finalist for 1993.
In addition to her work for children, Ms. Grimes has written articles for such magazines as Essence, Today's Christian Woman, Book Links, and Image, Journal of Arts & Religion. An accomplished and widely anthologized poet of both children's and adult verse, Grimes has conducted poetry readings and lectures at international schools in Russia, China, Sweden and Tanzania, while short-term mission projects have taken her to such trouble spots as Haiti. During the 1970s, Nikki coproduced and hosted The Kid's Show on WBAI FM in New York. Later, during a six-year stint in Sweden, she hosted their radio program for immigrants, Grunsl÷st, and another for Swedish Educational Radio. In 2005, Ms. Grimes was awarded the Golden Dolphin Award by the Southern California Children's Book Association, recognizing her body of work.
Crossing borders artistically as well as geographically, Nikki once sang on the stage of the Stockholm Philharmonic in Sweden (where magazines refer to her as a singer who also writes!), sang and danced her way down the east coast of China, and has published and exhibited her photography both here and abroad. In recent years, she's extended herself into the world of fiber art, beaded jewelry, complex sculptural peyote beading, and handmade cards, created from recycled materials. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.
Age Group: 5 to 11