Javaka Steptoe

Author and illustrator, Javaka Steptoe, talks to Giuseppe Castellano about what it was like growing up with his father—the renowned John Steptoe.

Among other topics, they discuss John’s relationship with Ursula Nordstrom; his art-making process; and how Javaka felt about modeling for his dad’s books.

Later, Javaka explains why he thinks collage is “a means of survival”; he describes getting the 3:00 AM phone call from the Caldecott committee; and he shares his thoughts on Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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