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When Daddy Prays (Paperback)

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By Nikki Grimes, Tim Ladwig (Illustrator)
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When Daddy prays
my fear of darkness disappears
and angels tiptoe down the hall.
I hear them through the door and wall . . .when Daddy prays.
In this collection of new poems by Nikki Grimes, a child learns about prayer from his father, whose prayers carry the family through each day -- no matter what the circumstances.

Nikki Grimes believes that spirituality and prayer are signs of true strength and power. When Daddy Prays celebrates fathers who help their children see this. Nikki writes, "In my view there is no more powerful image than that of a strong man bowing before God."

And illustrator Tim Ladwig has created remarkable images, rich with tenderness and touches of affectionate humor, to enhance and complete this exceptional book.

About the Author

Nikki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author. Her previous works include At Jerusalem's Gate, When Daddy Prays (both Eerdmans), and Bronx Masquerade (Dial), which won the Coretta Scott King Award. Most recently, she won the 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her lasting contributions to children's literature. Nikki lives in California. Visit her website at Tim Ladwig. When he was eight years old, Tim lost an eye in an accident. During his recovery, his father gave him oil paints, a couple of brushes, and a small canvas. He painted a clown with colors straight from the tube. Tim's first work was promptly framed, and his love of painting was born.Tim earned a degree in graphic design from Wichita State University and also studied painting and drawing for a semester in Rome. Following school, Tim worked as an associate art director of an advertising design studio in Wichita, Kansas.Then for seventeen years Tim served as a community minister with an inner-city Christian mission organization in Wichita, Los Angeles, and Newark. To help meet the need for children's books that accurately depict urban culture, he created the picture book Psalm Twenty-Three, in which he applied the psalmist David's pastoral words to a normal day of two city children.Tim has illustrated a number of children's books, two of which, The Fear Not Angel and Psalm Twenty-Three were Gold-Medallion Award finalists. Psalm Twenty-Three and Silent Night were also honored with ABA "Pick of the Lists" awards. Tim serves as a graphic artist for World Impact Urban Ministry Institute and lives in Wichita, Kansas. Visit his website at

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802852663
ISBN-10: 0802852661
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 1st, 2004
Pages: 32
Language: English