BK Story Voyager Book Picks
By Laura Ennis, BK Story Voyager Librarian
Last Stop on Market Street
By Matt de la Pena
(for readers ages 4–8)
Matt de La Pena’s “Last Stop on Market Street” shares a story of cross-generational bonding between grandmother and grandchild. Every Sunday after church, CJ and his Nana ride the bus to the last stop on market street. On this particular day, CJ wonders why they don’t have a car and why he doesn’t have an ipod. While riding the bus, CJ’s grandma teaches CJ about the beauty and the liveliness within their neighborhood. As CJ closes his eyes, he discovers how the music in his own neighborhood can take him on an adventure.
“Last Stop on Market Street” is a beautiful story about how to appreciate your everyday surroundings. CJ’s grandma teaches him about the importance of being polite to strangers and good citizenship. The illustrations by Christian Robinson are vibrantly colorful and feature a sophisticated use of collage. The cityscapes show diversity, including scenic streets, graffiti, and the grit of New York City.
“Last Stop on Market Street” is a 2016 Newbery Medal Winner and the 2016 Caldecott Honor Book. It’s the perfect story for children who love to spend time with their grandpa or grandma. It will remind them of the lessons we learn from our family members. Matt de La Pena is another well known Brooklyn based author.