cover image Stitch by Stitch: Cleve Jones and the AIDS Memorial Quilt

Stitch by Stitch: Cleve Jones and the AIDS Memorial Quilt

Rob Sanders, illus. by Jamey Christoph. Magination, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4338-3739-5

This neatly woven picture book biography features Cleve Jones (b. 1954), a white gay man who moved to San Francisco, became a mentee of Harvey Milk, and eventually came up with the idea for the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Sanders emphasizes the quilt theme throughout, while aptly conveying Cleve’s milestones: “Cleve soon had/ a patchwork of/ friends...// held together by a/ common thread.” When an epidemic—later called AIDS—sweeps through the gay community and beyond, Jones plans the sewn monument to AIDS victims, which was displayed on the National Mall in 1987 before touring the world. Christoph contributes fine-lined art in a light-colored palette, showcasing a cast of varying skin tones. A rhythmic poem by Sanders, presented in full via the ample back matter, ties this richly informative book together. Back matter includes a discussion guide, glossary, more information on Cleve Jones and another Quilt contributor, and an author’s note. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)