Balzer + Bray I’m From
Balzer + Bray I’m From

I’m From

By Gary R. Gray Jr.


Publication Date: September 19, 2023

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Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

A poetic, heartwarming ode to the defining small moments of a boy’s life, by a brilliant debut author and a Caldecott Honoree. For fans of Last Stop on Market Street.

Early morning wakeups and homemade pancakes,Raucous bus rides and schoolyard games,Family games and bedtime rituals…I’m From is an invitation into the vivid world of one small boy, a poetic account of all the people and places and things that shape who he is and define where he is from.

About the Author

Gary Gray, Jr., is a Black Canadian poet and educator who writes for young children and adults as well as host of the podcast “It's Personal.” Gray's love for literature stems from told and untold stories within his hometown of Preston, Nova Scotia, the largest Black community in Canada. He and his wife have been international educators for more than ten years. You can visit him online at Oge Mora graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. Her debut picture book, Thank You, Omu!, was a Caldecott Honor Book, a New York Times Notable Book and Editors' Choice, and a Junior Library Guild selection. She is also the author-illustrator of Saturday as well as the illustrator of The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read and Everybody in the Red Brick Building. Oge lives in Providence, RI, and invites you to visit her website at

Format: Hardcover

Length: 40 pages

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publication Date: September 19, 2023

ISBN: 9780063089969

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