Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee!

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 “an absorbing picture book biography” – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Children will be drawn in by VanDerZee’s struggles, inspirations, and achievements as well as the idea that photographs can be both works of art and enduring historical records… A fascinating look at the development of early photography, the life of an African-American artist, and the world of the Harlem Renaissance.  ” – Kirkus

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Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee!

Winner of the 2014 Lee & Low New Voices Award

Nominee for the 49th NAACP Image Awards — Outstanding Literary Work – Children

Junior Library Guild Fall 2017 Selection

California Reading Association’s 2016 EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Gold Award


by Andrea J. Loney
illustrated by Keith Mallett
Lee & Low, July 24, 2017
ISBN-10: 1620142600
ISBN-13: 978-1620142608

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Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee, is a picture book biography of James Van Der Zee, an African American photographer best known for his portraits of famous and little-known New Yorkers during the Harlem Renaissance. From a young age, James Van Der Zee longed to share his vision of the world with others. When he discovered photography, this dream became a reality. Over many years, James worked hard to build his own business, where he specialized in highlighting the black middle class of Harlem, an aspect of American society rarely showcased at the time.