storybook art of John Steptoe


John Steptoe illustrated sixteen picture books, twelve of which he also wrote. The American Library Association named two of his books Caldecott Honor Books, a prestigious award for children's book illustration: The Story of Jumping Mouse in 1985 and Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters in 1988.

Mr. Steptoe also received the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, for Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters in 1988.
Based on an African tale recorded in the 19th century, it required Mr. Steptoe for the first time to research African history and culture, awakening his pride in his African ancestry. Mr. Steptoe hoped that his books would lead children, especially African-American children, to feel pride in their origins and in who they are.

John Steptoe died on August 28, 1989 at Saint Luke's Hospital in Manhattan, following a long illness.

mufaros daughters
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
that baby girl
Baby Girl

Each print, 17.5" x 22", $4.00.
Set of four prints, $14.00.

Books by John Steptoe

Stevie paperback, $5.00
ALA Notable book.
Stevie comes to visit - and what a crybaby. But when he leaves, it's kind of lonely

She Come Bringing Me that Little Baby Girlpaperback, $5.00

Kevin wants a baby brother but mama brings home a wrinkled baby who cries too loud.