Suzanne Slade | Apr 19


Apr 19 | 2P | Vernon Hills


Join children’s author Suzanne Slade as she introduces her latest book, Exquisite, a picture-book biography of celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) is known for her poems about “real life.” She wrote about love, loneliness, family, and poverty—showing readers how just about anything could become a beautiful poem. Exquisite follows Gwendolyn from early girlhood into her adult life, showcasing her desire to write poetry from a very young age. This picture-book biography explores the intersections of race, gender, and the ubiquitous poverty of the Great Depression–all with a lyrical touch worthy of the subject. Gwendolyn Brooks was the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize, receiving the award for poetry in 1950. And in 1958, she was named the poet laureate of Illinois. A bold artist who from a very young age dared to dream, Brooks will inspire young readers to create poetry from their own lives.

Suzanne is the award-winning author of more than 100 children’s books. As a mechanical engineer who used to work on rockets, Suzanne shares her passion for science in many of her books. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her researching a new book idea, bicycling, walking her dog (Corduroy), or visiting a school near you!

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