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The Crown - Derrick Barnes - <span class="date-display-single">03/06/2019 - 10:00am</span>

The Crown

03/06/2019 - 10:00am

- Schenk Elementary

Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, the Huffington PostPublishers WeeklyKirkus Reviews, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Horn Book Magazine, the News & ObserverBookPage, Chicago Public Library, and more. The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother's hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices. 

 

A fresh cut makes boys fly. This rhythmic, read-aloud title is an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber's chair--a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world. The fresh cuts. That's where it all begins. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror

 

Derrick's appearance is a school-visit only.

Derrick Barnes

About Presenter Derrick Barnes

 

Derrick D. Barnes is from Kansas City, MO. He is a graduate of Jackson State University with a BA degree in Marketing. He is the author of the critically acclaimed picture book Crown: An Ode To The Fresh Cut, which won a multitude of literay awards, making it one of the most decorated picture books in the history of children’s literature. The awards/prizes include two 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Awards (one for New Writer and an honor for the magnificent illustrations). It was also a huge winner at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, taking home FOUR Honor awards: the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Newberry Honor, and the Caldecott Honor. In October of 2018, Crown also took home the lucrative and highly coveted Kirkus Prize For Young Readers.

 

His first two books were published by Scholastic in 2004; Stop Drop and Chill, and The Low Down Bad Day Blues.  His first YA novel, The Making of Dr. Truelove was published by Simon Pulse in 2007, and was recognized by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick For Reluctant Readers. He is also the author of the best selling chapter book series entitled Ruby and the Booker Boys. His 2011 middle grade hardcover classic We Could Be Brothers was rereleased in paperback in 2017 by Just Us Books. Prior to becoming a published author, Derrick wrote best-selling copy for various Hallmark Card lines and was the first African American male staff writer for the company. His next book, entitled The King of Kindergarten, will be published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin in the Spring of 2019. Derrick resides in Charlotte, NC with his enchanting wife, Dr. Tinka Barnes and their four sons, Ezra, Solomon, Silas, and Nnamdi (Nom-dee).

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