On My Block: Stories and Paintings by 15 Artists

On My Block

Edited by Dana Goldberg
published 2007 by Children’s Book Press,
an imprint of Lee&Low Books
Bilingual – English/Spanish
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“This is a loving, wonderfully illustrated homage to the neighborhood of place, family, heart and mind.”- Kirkus Reviews

Is there a part of your block that you especially love to explore? A place in your house or another country that holds a special memory? A far away spot you’ve heard about that excites your imagination? Children’s Book Press asked fifteen exceptional fine artists to portray, in words and pictures, the places that are most special to them. On My Block is the remarkable result.

The places these artists have chosen to represent are moving, funny, and unexpected. Readers will soar from the rooftops of South Brooklyn to the deserts of Taos Pueblo, from a basement in San Francisco’s Japantown to a Mississippi Gulf Coast porch. A garden in Mexico overflows with blossoms and birds while another in Tehran hums with the purring of thirty-two cats, and an empty lot in a bustling Havana neighborhood is transformed into a country farm.

On My Block is a celebration of community, an homage to neighborhoods everywhere, and an exploration of past and present. The fifteen paintings and stories within ask you to ponder the places that comprise your world. What’s on your block, down your street, in another country, that makes up who you are?

You’ll see a sneak peak of Maya’s contribution to this book on the cover top left (in the yellow dress).

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