The Definitive Guide to


Written by Patricia Hruby Powell & illustrated by Christian Robinson
Published by Chronicle Books
- Bookroo Rating
Goodreads Rating - 4.1 / 5.0
List Price
Target Age
Book Type

What's Josephine About

Publisher Summary

In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait for young people of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine’s powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.

What Kind of Book is Josephine

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

B is for Bookworm
Human Development Degree, Book-loving aunt

The illustrations in this book are amazing! This book has such a unique feel through the text and pictures. It’s separated into different time periods and sections of Josephine’s life. A few notes on the content—this book is about civil rights and has a few things that might be better suited for older children. It mentions gambling halls and shots of whiskey and how white people beat, murdered, and burned black men.

Book Lists That Include Josephine

Book Topics › biography and autobiography
Children's Books About Biography And Autobiography
Book Topics › girls and women
Children's Books About Girls And Women
Book Topics › nonfiction
Children's Books About Nonfiction
Book Topics › African Americans
Children's Books About African Americans
Kids Book Club
Monthly. Curated. Delivered.
Get Started
As low as $16.95 / mo

Who Wrote Josephine

Patricia Hruby Powell

Acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell‘s debut book, Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Chronicle Books), received a Sibert Honor and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. She lives in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

View Author

Who Illustrated Josephine

Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson was born in Hollywood, California, in 1986. He grew up in a small one bedroom apartment with his brother, two cousins, aunt, and grandmother. Drawing became a way to make space for himself and to create the kind of world he wanted to see. He studied animation at The California Institute of the Arts and would later work with the Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios before becoming an illustrator of books for children. His books include Gaston and Antoinette, written by Kelly DiPucchio, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, which was awarded the Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and the Newbery Medal. He presently lives in Northern California with his rescue greyhound Baldwin and several houseplants. He looks forward to one day seeing the Aurora Borealis. Visit him online at

View Illustrator

What Has Patricia Hruby Powell Said About Josephine

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Patricia know that you want more details about Josephine!

What Has Christian Robinson Said About Josephine

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Christian know that you want more details about Josephine!

More Books From These Creatives

Leo: A Ghost Story book
Mac Barnett, Christian Robinson
Picture book
Gaston book
Kelly DiPucchio, Christian Robinson
Picture book

Books You Might Enjoy If You Liked Josephine

Book Details

Publication Date:
January 14, 2014

Suggested Links