Above the Rim

How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball


Two powerhouses bring to life the story of Elgin Baylor, basketball icon and civil rights advocate


ISBN: 9781419741081 Category:

Jen Bryant


Halloffamer Elgin Baylor was one of basketball’s alltimegreatest players—an innovative athlete, team player, and quiet force for change. One of the first professional AfricanAmerican players, he inspired others on and off the court. But when traveling for away games, many hotels and restaurants turned Elgin away because he was black. One night, Elgin had enough and staged a oneman protest that captured the attention of the press, the public, and the NBA.
Above the Rim is a poetic, exquisitely illustrated telling of the life of an underrecognized athlete and a celebration of standing up for what is right.

Additional information

Weight 466 g
Dimensions 27.5 x 22.6 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 15 April 2021
Number of pages 40
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Frank Morrison
Dimensions 27.5 x 22.6 cm
Weight 466 g


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Jen Bryant writes picture books, novels, and poems for readers of all ages, including The Trial, Six Dots, and A Splash of Red. Her numerous awards include two Caldecott Honors, two ALA Schneider Family Book Awards, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Award and Honor, and a Sibert Medal and Honor.

Frank Morrison is the award-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including the two Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor books Little Melba and her Big Trombone and Let the Children March, a John Steptoe New Talent Award winner, an NAACP Image Award winner, and a Society of Illustrators Silver Medal winner.