Last Stop on Market Street (HB)

Author(s): Matt De La Pena

Picture Books | Radical Kindness

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 encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty and fun in their routine and the world around them.

This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena's vibrant text and Christian Robinson s radiant illustrations.


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Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal

A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

A "New York Times Book Review" Notable Children's Book of 2015

A "Wall Street Journal" Best Children's Book of 2015


A Winter 2014-2015 Kids' Indie Next Pick!

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

"Like still waters, de la Pena 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

"The urban setting is truly reflective, showing people with different skin colors, body types, abilities, ages, and classes in a natural and authentic manner... A lovely title.""--School Library Journal"

"It's also the warmth of [the]intergenerational relationship that will make this book so satisfying, for both young readers and the adults sharing it with them."--"New York Times Book Review "

Matt de la Pena ( is the author of several critically-acclaimed young adult novels, as well as the celebrated picture book "A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis. "Matt lives in Brooklyn, NY. Follow him on Twitter @mattdelapena Christian Robinson ( is the winner of the 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, as well as the 2013 Marion Vannett Ridgeway Honor. Christian lives in San Francisco, California.

General Fields

  • : 9780399257742
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : G.P.Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers'
  • : 0.363
  • : December 2014
  • : 277mm X 221mm X 8mm
  • : United States
  • : February 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : illustrations
  • : 32
  • : Christian Robinson
  • : Hardback
  • : Matt De La Pena