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John Steptoe | Author & Illustrator | Creator of Award-Winning Books for Children

John Lewis Steptoe, creator of award-winning picture books for children, was born in Brooklyn on September 14, 1950 and was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of that borough.


The Caldecott Award

An ALA Notable Book

The Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration

Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Illustration

Reading Rainbow Featured Book THE STORY OF JUMPING MOUSE

The Caldecott Award

An ALA Notable Book

Horn Book Fanfare Honor List ALL THE COLORS OF THE RACE by Arnold Adoff

An ALA Notable Book

Reading Rainbow Highlighted Book THANK YOU, JACKIE ROBINSON by Barbara Cohen

An ALA Notable Book MOTHER CROCODILE by Rosa Guy

The Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration The 1989 Milner Award

Voted by Atlanta schoolchildren for their favorite author To host an art exhibit of the work of John Steptoe at your school, college, gallery or museum, please us.

John Steptoe's daughter and son, designer Bweela Steptoe and writer and illustrator Javaka Steptoe, are available for school visits.


Dallas Children’s Theater Mufaro Returns Home after National Tour

After phenomenally successful tours in the 2008-09 & 2011-12 seasons that visited well over 60 cities, Dallas Children's Theater brought back its original musical adaptation of this Caldecott Award winning African folktale.

For all permission requests pertaining to John Steptoe’s artwork, writings or the exploitation of any of the following rights, including foreign and domestic publication rights, including UK, translation, magazine, newspaper, book club, audio, paperback reprint, hardcover reprint, large print, television, motion picture (including props and set dressing), radio, dramatic, public readings, electronic reproduction, and other formats or any other rights not stated, please contact:

Bweela Steptoe

PO Box 330-170

Brooklyn, NY 11233-0170


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