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Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker
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Jun 16, 2020 | ISBN 9780525581130

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Praise for Nana Akua Goes to School:

“This lovely story explores the perennial fear of being different, while showcasing the great love between a grandparent and grandchild.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“An open-hearted tribute to children with immigrant parents or grandparents.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This beautiful picture book offers a helpful perspective on cultural differences within a heartening family story.” Booklist, starred review

“Walker writes convincingly about how difference can cause unease among children, and her story offers a compelling portrait of a grandmother whose pride and poise put that concern to rest.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Offers viewers both the comfort of the familiar and, for those unfamiliar with West African arts, a tantalizing introduction to interpreting symbols. Most importantly, this calls for readers and listeners to have faith in youngsters to embrace a new concept with an open mind and enthusiastic spirit.” —The Bulletin

“Lucky for readers and for Zura, her grandmother has a fascinating cultural tradition that, in her first book for kids, Tricia Elam Walker presents with extraordinary grace and nimbleness. . . . [An] eye-opening picture book.” —Shelf Awareness

“A picture book . . . that captures a complex vulnerability that every child feels at one point or another.” —The Wall Street Journal

Praise for April Harrison’s What Is Given From the Heart: 

“[An] exquisite story of generosity. . . . Harrison has created soft yet dazzling illustrations for this tribute to faith, hope, and the African-American community.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A sweet story . . . enhanced by delectable art from a prodigious new talent.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This final book by the late McKissack (Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout) showcases the legendary author’s signature lyricism in full force and receives a stunning, aesthetically ambitious interpretation by Harrison, a fine artist making her picture book debut.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

What Is Given from the Heart is a loving tribute to collective work, responsibility and the joy that comes from giving freely from the heart.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review

“A treasure from a marvelous storyteller.” —School Library Journal, starred review


Ezra Jack Keats New Writer/Illustrator Award WINNER 2021

Delaware Diamond Award NOMINEE 2021

Kentucky Bluegrass Award NOMINEE 2021

Red Clover Award NOMINEE 2021

Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year SELECTION 2021

Chicago Public Library Best Books SELECTION 2020

Kansas State Reading Circle Award SELECTION 2020

Irma Simonton Black Award HONOR 2021

ALSC Notable Children’s Books LONGLIST 2021

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