My Block Looks Like

My Block Looks Like
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Release Date
January 02, 2024
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A love letter to the hustle, the bustle, the joy, and the grit of city life by debut author and Bronx native, Janelle Harper, and two-time Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner, Frank Morrison.

"My block looks like
a collision of cultures
a melting pot of cool
a burst of life
my favorite groove

. . .No matter what happens
I’ve seen it for myself
my block looks like
the coolest place
I’ve ever been."

A lyrical and proud picture book that recognizes the beauty of the bodegas, subways, and playgrounds that characterize everyday life in the Bronx and pays homage to the ways that its residents have shaped pop culture through music, visual art, and dance. Perfect for fans of I Am Every Good Thing and Last Stop on Market Street, My Block Looks Like offers kids a reaffirming message to celebrate and uplift their communities in an energetic text that begs to be read aloud.

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Pride for the Neighborhood
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My Block Looks Like is a celebration of all the unique attributes of living in a big city neighborhood. The lyrical prose laid down a captivating beat and pulsed with pride for the community within the neighborhood. The illustrations were fun and conveyed a sense of joyful movement. The colors were vibrant and the animated quality gave heart to the words. This book is a celebration of African American inner city life with many references to their unique contributions to modern city life.
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