Author: Faith Ringgold
Grade Level Equivalent:
Guided Reading Level:
African American, Family Life, City Life
Cassie Louise Light foot has a dream: to be free to go wherever she wants for the rest of her life. One night, up on "Tar Beach" — the rooftop of her family's Harlem apartment building — her dream comes true. The stars lift her up, and Cassie Louise Light foot is flying.
Praise for Tar Beach
"A book of joy...hope and beauty." — Oakland Tribune
"Intense in color and feeling, this is an exultant tale of freedom and power." — Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Exuberant and richly colored... There's an air of triumph in Ms. Ringgold's vision. — New York Times
"A book that may make you cry, or at the very least will genuinely inspire." — Los Angeles Times
A Caldecott Honor Book
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award
A New York Times Best Illustrated Book
Winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award
Faith Ringgold was born in 1930, in Harlem, a neighborhood in New York City. She went to City College in New York to study art and earned her degree from the School of Education. She followed the family tradition of teaching, but never stopped creating her own art or telling stories. Today she is Professor Emeritus at the University of California at San Diego and lives in Englewood, New Jersey. She also has art studios in New York. She is married and has two daughters and three granddaughters.