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AVAILABLE October 6, 2018

Award-winning author and professor Alexs Pate delivers a message of hope and self-discovery in a time of uncertainty in our world. BEING YOU is a beautiful picture book celebrating every readers’ individuality and talents. With an authentic voice, BEING YOU ’s poetic message of love and optimism for the future speaks directly to today’s children. BEING YOU helps us to see the wonder and light within each of us.

Author, Alexs Pate

Alexs Pate is the author of five novels including Amistad commissioned by Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks/SKG and based on the screenplay by David Franzoni, which became a New York Times Bestseller. The other novels are Losing Absalom, Finding Makeba, The Multicultiboho Sideshow and West of Rehoboth.

Alexs Pate's debut novel Losing Absalom (Coffee House Press), was awarded Best First Novel by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and a 1995 Minnesota Book Award for best fiction. An excerpt from Losing Absalom appears in the major anthology Brotherman. His first book of poetry, Innocent. was published in 1999.

Pate’s first book of nonfiction, In The Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap investigates the literary history and the quality of rap as a poetic expression was published by Scarecrow Press. Publisher’s Weekly called it “vital and compelling” and the Library Journal judged it to be “A sophisticated analysis of rap/poetry…will captivate scholars as well as fans of rap, poetry and the evolving culture of hip-hop.”

In addition to these literary pursuits, Alexs has had a diverse career as a college professor at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota, corporate executive at Control Data and a small business owner of ADP Communications. Alexs is now the President and CEO of Innocent Technologies, a company he founded to launch the Innocent Classroom program for K-12 educators. The Innocent Classroom ends educational disparities by closing the relationship gap between educators and students of color. The Innocent Classroom puts the ideas and theories present in Alexs’s writing into practical use for classroom teachers.

Illustrator, Soud

Soud has illustrated many books for children and young readers in his native Brazil. He won the Abril Award of Journalism for Best Illustration, and the Highly Commended Seal by FNLIJ (Brazil’s National Children’s Book and Youth Foundation). In the U.S., Soud illustrated Dionne Warwick’s picture book, Say A Little Prayer, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work and won a Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medal.
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