STEPHEN T. JOHNSON’s inventive children’s books explore a wide range of subject matter and concepts that stimulate playful yet profoundly rich engagement through words, art and ideas. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor, two New York Times Best Illustrated book of the Year awards, three ALA Notables, two Gold and two Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York City, and the 2004 Governor’s Art Award for Individual Artist by former Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius.
His drawings and paintings are in numerous private collections including those of musician Paul Simon and actress Cherry Jones, and in the permanent collections of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut, and the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Among his public art is a 66-foot mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue Subway Station in Brooklyn, New York, a 58-foot mosaic mural at the Universal City Metro Station in Los Angeles, California, and 33 glass panels for the Dallas Love Field Airport, in Dallas, Texas.
Caldecott Honor winner and two-time New York Times best illustrator of the year author and illustrator Stephen T. Johnson’s lyrical journey of sounds, styles, and rhythms culminate in this highly imaginative and beautifully orchestrated celebration of music.
Experience ten different types of music—classical, Latin, jazz, country, heavy metal, hip-hop, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, electronica, pop, and a surprise finale. Unfolding through an inventive accordion form is a masterful concert of playfully crafted singsong text in harmony with delightfully whimsical art. On the reverse side is a rich, in-depth glossary for each genre, sure to be a wonderful resource for all ages.
Stephen T. Johnson is well known for his innovate children’s books and glorious public artwork and his dynamic performance in (with) Music Is… will leave you wanting an encore!
Awards and Recognition
- ALPHABET CITY, Viking Penguin Putnam (1995) – A 1996 Caldecott Honor Book, ALA Notable Award, A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, A Horn Book Fanfare, Parenting Magazine’s Reading Magic Award, Parents Magazine’s Best Books of 1995, A New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly, Horn Book Magazine, and School Library Journal, A 1996 Children’s Book of Distinction by Hungry Mind Review, Children’s Book of the Year and marked for Outstanding Merit by The Bank Street Child Study Children’s Book Committee, Wisconsin Library Association’s Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Literature, A 1996 Children’s Books Mean Business ABA-CBC, featured in its entirety on ABC’s Good Morning America with Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden, Gold and Silver Medals from The Society of Illustrators, New York, NY