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February 2016

Carolrhoda Picture Books

Ages 5-9

ISBN 978-1-4677-4208-5

June 2015

Lee & Low Books

Ages 6-11

ISBN 978-1-6201-4027-7

February 2015

Millbrook Press

Ages 5-9

ISBN 978-1-4677-1608-6

Written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson          Written by Nikki Grimes    Written by Miranda Paul

Great-grandmother Nell eats fish for breakfast, she doesn't hug or kiss, and she does NOT want to be called grandma. Her great-granddaughter isn't sure what to think about her. But as she slowly learns more about Nell's life and experiences, the girl finds ways to connect with her prickly, pearl-wearing great-grandmother. 

During a visit to her grandma's house, a young girl discovers a box of poems written by her mother, whose family often moved around the world because her father was in the Air Force. Reading the poems and sharing those experiences through her mother's eyes, the young girl feels closer to her mother than ever before, and she creates a special gift for her mother. 

Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way.

The bags accumulated in ugly heaps. Something had to change. Isatou Ceesay found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community.

"Zunon’s mixed-media illustrations of paper collage, pastel, and watercolor lend warmth to this tender story of an aging dragon of a diva and her great-grandchild. The facial expressions span the emotional gamut from pique to sorrow to haughtiness and are all spot-on. When Nell reminisces, vague watercolor impressions evoke the perfect tone of wistfulness. Black-and-white photo reproductions accompany brief recollections of the civil rights movement. But the sterling moment shines at the very end of the story when the grandchild steals a kiss with no remorse." - Kirkus Reviews

"Through reading her mother’s poems, the girl realizes how much she misses her after just three days. Elizabeth Zunon’s warm, bright illustrations provide a cheerful balance, but it’s the ache of a parent’s absence that most powerfully animates the book." - The New York Times Sunday Book Review

"Zunon’s collages, with their vivid colors, elegant patterns, and varied textures — especially those from actual plastic bags — provide a beautiful and authentic entry into the story." - The Horn Book

"Zunon used actual plastic bags in the colorful textured collages that illustrate this picture book. Faces of people and animals are expressive and draw the reader into the story." - The Times Union

Monarch Award Master List: Illinois School Library Media Association, 2017
Notable Poetry List: National Council of Teachers of English Excellence in Poetry for Children, 2016 Children's Africana Book Award Notable Book, 2016
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year: Poetry, 2016

Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year: Biography and Memoir, 2016

   Arnold Adoff Poetry Awards Honor Book, Middle Readers, 2016

Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2016

Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, 2016-2017

District-Wide Choice Read-Aloud: Elementary Level, Shenendehowa Public School District, 2016

Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List, 2016

Amelia Bloomer List, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Best Books, Middle Grade, 2015

Chicago Public Library's Best Informational Books for Younger Readers, 2015

Junior Library Guild Selection, 2015
EUREKA! California Reading Association Honor Award 2015

More Books:


August 2012

Candlewick Press

Ages 7-10

ISBN 978-0-7636-5230-2

August 2012

The Child's World

Ages 5-8

ISBN 978-1-6147-3217-4

January 2012

Dial Books

Ages 5 and up

ISBN 978-0-8037-3511-8

November 2011

Candlewick Press

Ages 3 and up

ISBN 978-0-7636-4747-6

September 2011

Marshall Cavendish (now Two Lions)

Ages 5-8

ISBN 978-0-7614-5810-4

Written by Dr. Terry and Joanna Carolan

Retold by M.J. York Written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer Written by Patricia MacLachlan Written by Jeanne Walker Harvey

Take a trip to Hawai'i and catch a wave of aloha spirit in this fact-filled tribute to the birthplace of Barack Obama, the first president of the United States born there.

Follow Giraffe, Monkey, Tortoise, Plover, Jackal, and Eagle as they each attempt to figure out how many spots their very vain friend Leopard has.

Heroes can be any age. When William Kamkwamba was fourteen years old, living in a drought-ravaged area of Malawi in Africa, he pursued a dream that brought electricity and running water to his desperately poor village.


The rhythm of the day's activities creates the melody of the evening's lullaby in this sweet song of family life along the banks of Lake Tanganyika.

As a boy growing up in North Carolina, Romare Bearden listened to his great-grandmother's Cherokee stories and the whistles of trains steaming through town. When he boarded one of those trains, he watched out the window as the world whizzed by.

This book will appeal to adults eager to impart an uplifting Third World human-interest story, but it is also sure to resonate with children who will simply love the curiosity, resilience and resourcefulness of this doughty African youth."- Wall Street Journal

The co-authors have collaborated with artist Elizabeth Zunon on a powerful, gorgeously illustrated children's book, published by Penguin, with the same title."- The Boston Globe


"In all of Zunon's warm, intimate oil paintings, the baby is shown held close...[while] the mother's voice lulls, reassures, and soothes..." - Publishers Weekly

"Newcomer Zunon's illustrations combine folk-style portraits of Bearden's family with flat collage elements as Harvey recounts the Bearden's family movie north during the Great Migration." - Publishers Weekly


Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2013: Biography

Chickadee Award Nominee, 2014

Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2013: Technology

Children's Africana Book Award 2013, Best Books For Young Children

1book1community Program Selection, 2013

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2013, National Science Teachers Association

District-Wide Choice Read-Aloud: Elementary Level, Shenendehowa Public School District, 2012-2013

The Best Books of the Year 2012, Amazon

Junior Library Guild Selection, 2012




The Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award 2013: Arts and Letters, Artist Biography

Moonbeam Children's Book Award 2012, Gold Medal: Picture Books All Ages

New York Public Library's Best Books to Read and Share 2011: Picture Book category



A PRESIDENT FROM HAWAII. Text copyright (c) 2012 by Terence J. Carolan and
Joanna F. Carolan. Illustrations copyright (c) 2012 by Elizabeth Zunon.
Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
All Images Copyright 2016 Elizabeth Zunon