There Was a Party for Langston

There Was a Party for Langston
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October 03, 2023
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jason Reynolds’s debut picture book is a snappy, joyous ode to Word King, literary genius, and glass-ceiling smasher Langston Hughes and the luminaries he inspired.

Back in the day, there was a heckuva party, a jam, for a word-making man. The King of Letters. Langston Hughes. His ABCs became drums, bumping jumping thumping like a heart the size of the whole country. They sent some people yelling and others, his word-children, to write their own glory.

Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, and more came be-bopping to recite poems at their hero’s feet at that heckuva party at the Schomberg Library, dancing boom da boom, stepping and stomping, all in praise and love for Langston, world-mending word man. Oh, yeah, there was hoopla in Harlem, for its Renaissance man. A party for Langston.

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There Was a Party for Langston is based on a photograph the author saw of Maya Angelou and Amiria Baraka dancing at the grand opening of a library wing named after Langston Hughes. The awe that the author feels for Langston Hughes is conveyed through the words and illustrations in a fun style where the words are part of the illustrations. This book centers on a moment in time and does not read like a typical biography. This book would be fantastic for older students who can then explore the writing of Langston Hughes and the other authors highlighted. Overall, this does not delve deeply into Langston Hughes's life but does create a sense of excitement and inspiration to explore his words for yourself. The illustrative style conveys the sense of joy and wonder that is found at a dance and transfers that perfectly into wanting to use this book as a springboard of discovery for Langston Hughes's works.

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