Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña illustrated by Christian Robinson


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    • Grades: PreK - 1
    • Ages: 3 - 7
    Newbery Medal ; Caldecott Honor ; Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor
    • Format: Paperback Book
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Short Summary
This joyful, poetic story of a boy’s trip across the city with his wise grandma will inspire readers to see the world around them in new ways.

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Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town?

Each question is met with an answer from his grandma that sparks his imagination, fills him with gratitude, and causes him to empathize with those around him in new ways. By the time he gets off the bus, CJ has become, in his grandma’s words, “a better witness for what’s beautiful.”

Last Stop on Market Street was awarded the 2016 Newbery Medal for being the year’s most distinguished book for children—a rare picture book to win that honor. The book also received Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honors for its illustrations.

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    • Grades: PreK - 1
    • Ages: 3 - 7
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 10 1/2"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-545-96452-4

Editorial Reviews

“This celebration of cross-generational bonding is a textual and artistic tour de force.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Like still waters, de la Peña and Robinson’s story runs deep. It finds beauty in unexpected places, explores the difference between what’s fleeting and what lasts, acknowledges inequality, and testifies to the love shared by an African-American boy and his grandmother.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This quietly remarkable book will likely inspire questions… it will also have some adult readers reaching for a tissue.”—The Horn Book, starred review

“With the precision of a poet, Matt de la Peña chronicles a boy’s heartwarming Sunday morning routine with his nana. Christian Robinson’s uplifting palette and culturally diverse cast brightens the rainy-day backdrop.”—Shelf Awareness, starred review

About the Author

Matt de la Peña is a writer of picture books and novels for children, as well as short fiction and essays for adults. After discovering a love of literature in college, he was motivated to write books that reluctant readers could see themselves in. His stories contain universal themes of empathy and imagination while, at the same time, celebrating the lives of marginalized people. In 2016, Matt de la Peña became the first Latino author to win the Newbery Medal, for his picture book Last Stop on Market Street.

About the Illustrator

Christian Robinson tells stories using painting, drawing, and mixed media. Whether he’s illustrating the life of an elementary school, a pampered poodle, or jazz singer Josephine Baker, his exuberant style immerses readers in the worlds he creates. In 2016, he received a Caldecott Honor for his artwork in Last Stop on Market Street, and he has been awarded multiple Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors for his depictions of African American culture. His first solo picture book, Another, was a New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019.