Author(s): Toyomi Igus
Illustrations: Michele Wood
Clap Your Hands is an inspirational, joyous celebration of poetry, art, and rhythm, tracing the history of African American gospel music and the poets, singers, and thought leaders who have fearlessly and soulfully contributed to the spiritual and social evolution of America. This powerful and poetic read bursts with vibrant artwork and is rich in personal notes and information that will interest any history buff or music enthusiast.
Created by the dynamic author and illustrator team of Toyomi Igus and Michele Wood, winners of the Coretta Scott King Award for I See the Rhythm, Clap Your Hands shares the Black history behind gospel music that has courageously broken all color barriers, influencing both worship and popular culture in America for hundreds of years. Clap Your Hands is great for children ages 4 to 8. Inside, you’ll find:
- Notes from the author and the illustrator sharing their personal inspirations and influences, as well as their research on the roots and evolution of gospel music
- Historical notes about the events covered in the book, exploring the cultural importance of gospel music throughout history
- Further reading section, discography, and discussion questions to encourage learning and engagement
- A running timeline of all historical milestones—from the first slaves to President Obama’s inauguration
Readers of all ages will be captivated by this informative and inspirational blend of poetry, art, and music that honors gospel music and reflects its journey.