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Julius Lester (1939-2018)

Frequent collaborators Jerry Pinkney and Julius Lester.

We were terribly saddened to hear of the death yesterday of Julius Lester at age seventy-eight, author of such touchstone books as To Be a Slave (illustrated by Tom Feelings), a Newbery Honor winner; Long Journey Home: Stories from Black History; When the Beginning Began: Stories About God, the Creatures, and Us (illustrated by Emily Lisker); and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, among many others. His frequent collaborations with Jerry Pinkney included their iconic John Henry (winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award); The Old African; Sam and the Tigers; and collections of Uncle Remus tales. Read more about their collaboration here. Read more from The Horn Book by Julius Lester.

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  1. R.I.P. One of the all-time greats and a true inspiration in every sense.

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