Jerry Craft

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Jerry Craft has illustrated and/or written nearly three dozen children’s books, graphic novels and middle grade novels for publishers such as HarperCollins, Scholastic, Benchmark, Pearson and his own publishing company, Mama's Boyz, Inc. His middle grade graphic novel, New Kid, will be released by HarperCollins on February 5, 2019. Jerry has earned recognition from the Junior Library Guild, and has won five African American Literary Awards. He is the creator of Mama's Boyz, an award-winning comic strip that was distributed by King Features Syndicate from 1995 - 2013. He is a co-founder and co-producer of the Schomburg’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival which has drawn close to 40,000 fans since its inception in 2013. Jerry was born in Harle ...more

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First let me say, that I’m as shocked as anyone that we still celebrate this day. Not that we Dads aren’t worth it, but let’s face it, Father’s Day has never gotten the same respect as Mother’s Day. Not that moms don’t deserve it. Boy, DO they! I’ll be the first to admit it. Maybe they even deserve a little more, you know ’cause of that whole child-birth thing. I’m just saying that there’s a HUGE

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"Awesome Guy Jerry Craft did a wonderful job combining fun, joyfulness with the hard reality of life. And with good drawings too! I might be no professional fancy word reviewer, but even I can praise this book awesomely.

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"Great follow-up to the Newberry Medal Winner, New Kid. This story goes more in-depth with issues such as colorism and microaggressions. I think kids and adults alike will really enjoy this story."
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PAY ATTENTION, CARTER JONES by Gary Schmidt (write-in)
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C. Michael Jerry, I'm excited to let you know that my collection of news satire, Bizarre News, was just published. I'd appreciate it if you checked it out and recommended it to your Goodreads friends..Bizarre News

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