Faith Ringgold

Tar Beach


She grew up in Harlem, New York. She was the youngest child of her dad. When she was a young adult her mom taught her how to make clothes. She said it brought them closer together. Her mom got a job in a time when it was very hard to get jobs. During the leisure time in Harlem they would go onto the Tar covered roof of the Ampartment building and called it Tar beach. She said she had a wonderful childhood.

Insporation for writing Tar Beach

In Harlem they used to go onto the top of the Tar covered roof of the apartment building and called it Tar Beach. Also she lived during segregation and in the book she flys over things then she owned whatever she flew over. As a kid she might not have got everything she wanted so she wanted to fly over it and own everything she wanted.

Books Written

  • Tar Beach
  • Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky
  • Dinner at Aunt Connie's House
  • My Dream of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Bonjour Lonnie


  • Coretta Scott King Award
  • Caldecott Honor Award
  • James Adams Childrens Book Award

Sources Tar Beach book