Joe came to America from Africa when he was young. He worked hard in school, made friends, and embraced his new home. Like so many immigrants before and after him, Joe succeeded when many thought he would fail.
In telling the story of how his father came to America, Doyin Richards tells the story of many immigrants, and opens the experience up to readers of all backgrounds. Here is a moving and empowering story of how many different people, from different places, make us great. Acclaimed artist Joe Cepeda brings the story to life with beautiful paintings, full of heart.
About the author
Doyin Richards is one of the most respected voices on modern fatherhood today. He's also founder of Daddy Doin' Work, author of the picture book I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doin' Work, What's the Difference, and Daddy Doin' Work: Empowering Mothers to Evolve Fatherhood. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two daughters.
Joe Cepeda was born and raised in East Los Angeles. Joe’s journey through college began with studying engineering at Cornell and finished with a BFA in Illustration from Long Beach State. Months from leaving school, Joe went to New York and secured a book contract after his first meeting with a publisher. He’s now the award-winning illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including Nappy Hair, Swing Sisters, and Peeny Butter Fudge.