Crown : an ode to the fresh cut by Barnes, Derrick (#1326DJ7)


Crown : an ode to the fresh cut

by Barnes, Derrick; illustrated by James, Gordon C.
Hardcover Bolden, an Agate imprint, 2017


From the Publisher
Winner of the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers
A Newbery Honor Book
A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor Book
A Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Book

Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, theHuffington Post,Publishers Weekly,Kirkus Reviews, theLos Angeles Times, theBoston Globe, theHorn Book Magazine, theNews & Observer,BookPage, Chicago Public Library, and more

The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother's hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices.

A fresh cut makes boysfly.

This rhythmic, read-aloud title is an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber's chair--a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world. The fresh cuts. That's where it all begins.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.
Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 09/01/17
  • Caldecott Honor, 2018
  • Christian Library Journal, 04/01/18
  • Coretta Scott King Author Honor, 2018
  • Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, 2018
  • Horn Book Guide starred, 04/01/18
  • Horn Book Magazine starred, 11/01/17
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 08/15/17
  • Newbery Honor, 2018
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 08/28/17
  • School Library Journal starred, 09/01/17
Product Details
  • Publisher: Bolden, an Agate imprint
  • Publication Date: October 10, 2017
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Tracings: James, Gordon C., illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-57284-224-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-57284-224-3
  • LCCN: 2017-020743
  • Follett Number: 1326DJ7
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 3.3
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.8
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 194442EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.3
  • Reading Counts Points: 3
  • Lexile: 700L