and welcome to my website! My name is Charles R. Smith, Jr. and I take
pictures and write children’s books for a living. Some of you may
have heard of my books about basketball and
some of you may have never heard of me at all. It doesn’t matter
because there’s something here for everybody. I am constantly updating
the site, so if you’ve been here before check out the What's
New links on the right.
have tried to make my site as fun and informative as possible so hunt
around! Want to
play a game? Click on the basketbell at the top of the page and see
if you can get it in the basket!
As more of my books come out and
more projects come along I will be adding more to the site for you
to see. Now that you’ve been here once, I want to be sure that
you come back! Enjoy!
Video about the Big 50 Power Pack
If you can't view video below, click here
Visit my teacher store to purchase posters, poetry resources for your classroom, plus my CD Portrait of a Poet.
SALE: Poetry Put to Work DVD price cut in half for back to school, limited supply. Buy Now
"In this slim volume, photography and verse come together to present a youthful showcase of diversity, beauty, strength, and joy. A powerful jumping-off point for children beginning to study their own culture and those of the youngsters around them." - School Library Journal
"An excellent title that provides an admirably accurate picture of slavery in America for younger readers." -KIRKUS Review
“Writing in snappy rhymed couplets, Smith delivers a play-by-play, inning-by-inning account of the second annual East-West Classic, held in Chicago in 1934, an all-star face-off between the best players from the Negro League.”
– Publisher's Weekely
“Such luminaries as Walter Dean Myers, Bruce Brooks, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Robert Lipsyte examine the ways in which players, wannabes, and hangers-on interact in the vibrant, freewheeling subculture of inner-city playground hoops.”
– School Library Journal