The 2017 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced on Monday, January 23 and just today, I finally found a moment to read about the winners. Much to my surprise, Javaka Steptoe won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best picture book artist for Radiant child : the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Not that I am surprised that this talented artist should win but that I had met Mr. Steptoe at a publishing event last spring and received a signed poster depicting this very book. Steptoe’s preferred medium is collage. He uses large planks of wood and canvas as the base for his work. These works were on display the day of the event and were quite impressive. The pieces were so vivid and tactile, viewers just wanted to reach out and touch them. (We all refrained.) Steptoe has stated that “…collage is a means of survival. It is how Black folks survived four hundred years of oppression, taking the scraps of life and transforming them into art forms.” And this shows in all of his work and creations. Check out the award winning Radiant Child from the library and find out why the award committee chose this amazing artist!