“Joyce Carol Thomas’ books are enchanted kites, which her playful soul flies. Genuine human
instinct and intuition are the sky through which they imaginatively glide.”
— Professor Stan Brown, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
------------. 2004. The Gospel of Cinderella.
Ill. by David Diaz. New
book was chosen because it is a fresh, ethical variant of the famous tale, Cinderella.
It focuses on the gospel music tradition of African Americans, and adds a whole new spin to the tale.
------------. 2002. Crowning Glory. Ill. by Brenda Joysmith. New York: Joanna Cotler.
course, I like this book because it describes the beauty of African American hair. It
talks about how it can be combed and styled in so many unique ways.
------------. 2001. A mother’s heart, a daughter’s
love: poems for us to share.New
York: Joanna Cotler.
poems in this book make me think of how much I cherish my mother and the time we spend together. There is a peaceful aroma received when reading these bonding poems.
------------. 2000. The bowlegged rooster: and other tales that signify. New York: HarperCollins.
I chose this book because it reminds me of how important it is to celebrate life. It touches on the important events in life: birth, death, baptism, marriage, and rejoicing.
------------. 1999. Marked by Fire. New York: HarperTempest.
This is one of her first
novels. So it is a good starting point for reading Thomas's writing. Even in this novel, you can follow the rhythm of
Abyssinia's words and see how they resonate.
------------. 1998. Cherish me. Ill. by Nneka Bennett. New York:
I love this book because it celebrates uniqueness, love, and self-awareness on a very young level that is easy to
understand by even preschool aged children.
------------. 1998. I have heard of a land.
by Floyd Cooper. New York: Joanna Cotler.
book serves as a tribute to the African-American pioneer spirit. It focuses on
family history, and explains how newly freed slaves raced to Oklahoma for a
hopeful future. I especially like this book because it talks about the rich culture
and shows the determination of African American slaves.
-------------. 1995. Gingerbread Days.
Ill. by Floyd Cooper. New York: Joanna Cotler Books.
This book demonstrates how a family read, worship, and play together
in a year’s time span. I like it because it talks about God how we are all blessed.
-------------. 1993. Brown honey in broomwheat tea. Ill
by Floyd Cooper. New York: HarperCollins.
like this particular book because its lyrical poems celebrate the beauty of the African American culture.
-------------. 1990. A Gathering of flowers: stories about
young in America. New York: HarperCollins.
This particular book is a great tool to teach about life & its hardships
– regardless of ethnic background.