And I pretend to be asleep till he gets right next to the bed.
And my papa, he tells me, "I love you."
But what happens when one day, that knock knock doesn't come? The boy in this story wakes up one morning to find his father gone. At first the boy feels lost, but his father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there. Readers watch as the boy grows up to be a strong, successful adult with a family of his own--and always remembering the gifts his father gave him.
This powerful and inspiring book from a decorated artist shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind--whether they are in prison, in the military, divorced, or have passed away--and the strength that children in all types of families find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner
ALSC Notable Children's Book
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Picture Book Honor
Notable Children's Book in the English Language Arts
Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Books of the Year
A Huffington Post Best Picture Book of the Year
"Bryan Collier's richly textured illustrations and the lyricism of Beaty's text-with its echoes of spoken-word poetry-make this story of bereavement also a story of possibility and beauty."
— The New York Times Sunday Book
Daniel Beaty is an award-winning writer, performer, educator, and empowerment expert. His works have been shared throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa in the area's of children's and adult literature, music, theater, film, and television. He has performed at The White House and has graced the stage of The Kennedy Center, as well as HBO and BET. His website is danielbeaty.com.
Bryan Collier has illustrated more than twenty-five picture books, including the award-winning Dave the Potter and Fifty Cents and a Dream, and has received numerous awards, including three Caldecott Honors and four Coretta Scott King Awards. He lives with his wife and children in Marlboro, New York. His website is bryancollier.com.