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  • Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual

    by Carole Boston Weatherford

    $18.99

    From an award-winning author and critically acclaimed artist comes a stunning and deeply moving picture book based on the popular spiritual "Standing in the Need of Prayer." The classic lyrics have been reworked to chronicle the milestones, struggles, tragedies, and triumphs of African American history. A perfect gift or timeless keepsake!

    This inspirational book encapsulates African American history and invites conversations at all levels. Carole Boston Weatherford’s riveting text and Frank Morrison’s evocative and detailed paintings are informative reminders of yesterday, hopeful images for today, and aspirational dreams of tomorrow.
     
    Starting from 1619 and stretching more than four hundred years, this book features such pivotal moments in history as the arrival of enslaved people in Jamestown, Virginia; Nat Turner's rebellion; the integration of the US military; the Selma to Montgomery marches; and peaceful present-day protests. It also celebrates the feats of African American musicians and athletes, such as Duke Ellington and Florence Griffith Joyner.
     
    At the end of the book, readers will find descriptions of the people, places, and events that are featured, along with a note from Carole Boston Weatherford.
     
    Visually stunning and incredibly timely, this book reckons with a painful history while serving as a testament to the human spirit's ability to persevere in even the most hopeless of circumstances. Its universal message of faith, strength, and resilience will resonate with readers of all ages.

  • Big Cats (A Day in the Life): What Do Lions, Tigers, and Panthers Get up to All Day?

    by Tyus D. Williams

    $16.99
    A beautifully illustrated nonfiction story, following lions, cheetahs, tigers, panthers, mountain lions, and snow leopards over the course of one day.

    Set over a 24-hour period, meet sparring snow leopards, sprinting cheetahs, and slumbering jaguars in this kids’ nonfiction book about the biggest cats on Earth.

    Follow the lives of individual big cats as they roar, hunt, fight, and play their way through the day. Wildlife expert Tyus D. Williams cleverly weaves the story from leopard to mountain lion in the style of a nature documentary, including gentle science explanations perfect for future zoologists. Witness incredible moments including:

    • A panther hunting a crocodile
    • Cheetah cubs play fighting
    • A battle between lionesses and hyenas

    Packed with animal facts, Big Cats (A Day in the Life) is one of the first titles in an exciting new series of animal books from Neon Squid.

    Also available: Bugs (A Day in the Life)

  • Sharks (A Day in the Life): What Do Great Whites, Hammerheads, and Whale Sharks Get Up To All Day?

    by Carlee Jackson

    $16.99
    A beautifully illustrated nonfiction story following great whites, hammerheads, whale sharks, and more over the course of one day.

    Meet deadly tiger sharks, baby lemon sharks, and gigantic basking sharks in this kids’ science book about the coolest predators in the ocean.

    Follow the lives of individual sharks as they hunt, hide, and play their way through their day, from gargantuan whale sharks to tiny epaulette sharks (who hunt in rock pools!). Witness:

    • A great white shark escaping a pod of orcas
    • A giant hammerhead hunting stingrays
    • A nurse shark asleep in a coral reef

    Packed with animal facts, Sharks (A Day in the Life) encourages kids to look at sharks in a new light—not just fearsome hunters but endangered animals who play a key role in the ocean’s ecosystem.

    Also available: Bugs (A Day in the Life) and Big Cats (A Day in the Life)

  • Bugs (A Day in the Life): What Do Bees, Ants, and Dragonflies Get up to All Day?

    by Dr. Jessica L. Ware

    $16.99
    A beautifully illustrated nonfiction story about insects, following bees, ants, dragonflies, and more over the course of one day.

    Set over a 24-hour period, meet busy honey bees, transforming caterpillars, and an army of leafcutter ants in this kids’ nonfiction book about the coolest insects on Earth.

    Follow bugs as they fly, hunt, hide, and scuttle their way through their day. Bug expert Dr. Jessica L. Ware introduces insects in the style of a nature documentary, with simple science explanations perfect for future zoologists. Witness incredible moments including:

    • A dragonfly escaping a hungry frog
    • A shield bug looking after her newly-hatched babies
    • A gigantic comet moth with superpowered wings

    Packed with animal facts, Bugs (A Day in the Life) is part of an exciting new series of animal books from Neon Squid.

    Also available: Big Cats (A Day in the Life)

  • The Hospital: The Inside Story

    by Dr. Christle Nwora

    $16.99
    A STEM-rich story showing what happens at a hospital all day, following doctors, nurses, and patients—perfect for kids nervous about a trip to the hospital.

    It’s another busy day at the hospital! Meet doctors and nurses, ride in an ambulance, and discover the magic of medicine in this nonfiction story for kids.

    This book is perfect for any child who is nervous about a trip to the hospital. Dr. Christle Nwora takes readers behind the scenes to meet the incredible people who keep you healthy, from surgeons to mental health therapists. Dr. Nwora also explains the science behind how things work, from X-rays to operating theaters. Set over the course of one day, you’ll meet:

    • A couple having a new baby
    • A boy getting a cast for his broken arm
    • A woman on her way to have an operation

    Once you’ve read this book you’ll realize hospitals are full of heroes!

  • A Kids Book About Banned Books

    by the National Coalition Against Censorship

    $19.95

    For every reader who has found a friend in a book.

    And for the brave students, writers, teachers, and librarians who fight to make sure all kids can read books that matter to them.

  • A Kids Book About Climate Change

    by Zanagee Artis & Olivia Greenspan

    $19.95
    Climate change is a topic that can be overwhelming for kids and grownups. So if you’re looking for the best place to better understand the climate crisis, look no further! This book will give kids the facts about climate change, explain what the state of our planet is, how it got there, and give them hope to fight for their future.
  • A Kids Book About Boredom

    by Kyle Steed

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    We all know what it’s like to feel bored—you must be pretty bored if you're reading the back of this book! But did you know that being bored is actually one of the most wonderful and powerful things in life? Some of the best things ever created or discovered happened when someone was bored. It’s true! With this book, kids can learn to embrace and discover the benefits of boredom and realize their full potential.
  • Black-Eyed Peas and Hoghead Cheese: A Story of Food, Family, and Freedom

    by Glenda Armand

    $18.99

    A little girl helping her grandmother prepare a holiday meal learns about the origins of soul food in this powerful picture book that celebrates African American cuisine and identity from an award-winning author.

    Know what I like most about Grandma’s kitchen?
    More than jambalaya? More than sweet potato pie? Even more than pralines?
    Grandma’s stories! Every meal Grandma cooks comes with a story.
    What will today’s story be?

    While visiting her grandma in Louisiana, nine-year-old Frances is excited to help prepare the New Year’s Day meal. She listens as Grandma tells stories—dating back to the Atlantic Slave Trade—about the food for their feast. Through these stories, Frances learns not only about the ingredients and the dishes they are making but about her ancestors and their history as well. 
     
    A celebration of the stories that connect us, this picture book urges us to think about the foods we eat and why we eat them. This book was inspired by the author's own childhood and includes her family's very own recipe for pralines in the back!

  • Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement

    by Angela Joy

    $19.99

    A picture book biography of the mother of Emmett Till, and how she channeled grief over her son's death into a call to action for the civil rights movement.

    Mamie Till-Mobley is the mother of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old boy who was brutally murdered while visiting the South in 1955. His death became a rallying point for the civil rights movement, but few know that it was his mother who was the catalyst for bringing his name to the forefront of history.

    In Choosing Brave, Angela Joy and Janelle Washington offer a testament to the power of love, the bond of motherhood, and one woman's unwavering advocacy for justice. It is a poised, moving work about a woman who refocused her unimaginable grief into action for the greater good.

    Timely, powerful, and beautifully told, this thorough and moving story has been masterfully crafted to be both comprehensive and suitable for younger readers.

  • The Me I Choose To Be by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
    $17.99
    In this "exquisite" (Shelf Awareness) "affirming" (Kirkus), and "empowering visual essay" (Publishers Weekly) the bestselling author of I Love My Hair! joins forces with the dynamic photography duo behind Glory to create a stunning celebration of the many things you can be!

    What will you choose to be? 
    A free spirit? 
    A weaver of words? 
    A star dancing across the night sky? 
    A limitless galaxy? 

    The possibilities are endless in this uplifting ode to the power of potential. With lyrical text by bestselling author Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and images by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt—the team behind CreativeSoul Photography—each page of The Me I Choose To Be is an immersive call for self-love that highlights the inherent beauty of all Black and brown children. 
  • My Fade Is Fresh

    by Shauntay Grant

    $17.99

    A little girl learns the importance of speaking up for what she wants while at the barbershop and ends up rocking the fabulous hair style she chooses in this fun and empowering picture book.

    When a little girl walks into her local barbershop, she knows she wants the flyest, freshest fade on the block! But there are so many beautiful hairstyles to choose from, and the clients and her mother suggest them all: parts, perms, frizzy fros, dye jobs, locs, and even cornrows!
     
    But this little girl stays true to herself and makes sure she leaves the shop feeling on top with the look she picks!
       
    Author Shauntay Grant's sweet, rhyming story encourages young girls to be self-confident and celebrates the many shapes and forms Black hair can take. Through their stunning illustrations, Kitt Thomas is able to bring life and movement to the versatile styles featured in this book. 

  • The Talk

    by Alicia D. Williams

    $18.99

    *ships in 7-10 business days

    As a little boy grows into a bigger boy, ready to take on the world, he first must have that very difficult conversation far too familiar to so many Black and Brown Americans in this gentle and ultimately hopeful picture book.

    Jay’s most favorite things are hanging out with his pals, getting kisses from Grandma, riding in his dad’s cool car, and getting measured by his mom with pencil marks on the wall. But as those height marks inch upward, Grandpa warns Jay about being in too big a group with his friends, Grandma worries others won’t see him as quite so cute now that he’s older, and Dad has to tell Jay how to act if the police ever pull them over.

    And Jay just wants to be a kid.

    All Black and Brown kids get The Talk—the talk that could mean the difference between life and death in a racist world. Told in an age-appropriate fashion, with a perfect pause for parents to insert their own discussions with their children to accompany prompting illustrations, The Talk is a gently honest and sensitive starting point for this far-too-necessary conversation, for Black children, Brown children, and for ALL children. Because you can’t make change without knowing what needs changing.

  • Indigo Dreaming

    by Dinah Johnson

    $18.99

    In a contemporary celebration of the African diaspora, a young girl living on the coast of South Carolina dreams of her distant relatives on the shores of Africa and beyond. Her reflections come together, creating an imaginative and illuminating vision of home.

    Indigo Dreaming is a poetic meditation between two young Black girls—on different sides of the sea—who wonder about how they are intricately linked by culture, even though they are separated by location. Dinah Johnson, a Black South Carolinian, weaves a beautiful tale of diaspora while lightly touching on Gullah Geechee culture and its connection to the Mother Land and beyond.

  • Going Places: Victor Hugo Green and His Glorious Book

    by Tonya Bolden

    $17.99

    For fans of Hidden Figures comes a nonfiction picture book about the Green Book, a travel guide written and published by a Black postal worker from Harlem who wanted African Americans to stay safe while traveling around the United States during segregation.

    Award-winning author Tonya Bolden and acclaimed illustrator Eric Velasquez shine a light on this lesser-known history of Victor Hugo Green and the deep impact of his incredible book on generations of Black families in America.

    As a mail carrier, Victor Hugo Green traveled across New Jersey every day. But with Jim Crow laws enforcing segregation since the late 1800s, traveling as a Black person in the US could be stressful, even dangerous.

    So in the 1930s, Victor created a guide—The Negro Motorist Green-Book, also known as the Green Book—compiling all the information he could find to help Black travelers know where to go and what places to avoid in order to have a pleasant and safe time. While the Green Book started out small, over the years it became an expansive, invaluable resource for Black people throughout the country—all in the hopes that one day such a guide would no longer be needed.

  • A Library

    by Nikki Giovanni

    $18.99

    *ships in 7-10 business days

    In this lyrical picture book, world-renowned poet, New York Times bestselling author, and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Nikki Giovanni and fine artist Erin Robinson craft an ode to the magic of libraries as places for imagination, exploration, and escape.

    In what other place can a child “sail their dreams” and “surf the rainbow” without ever leaving the room? This celebration of libraries is for everyone who loves stories, from seasoned readers to those just learning to love words, and it will have kids and parents alike imagining where their library can take them.

    This inspiring read-aloud includes stunning illustrations by fine artist Erin Robinson and a note from Nikki Giovanni about the importance of libraries in her own childhood.

  • The Adventures of Qai Qai by Serena Williams
    $18.99

    From superstar athlete, record breaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist (and mama) Serena Williams, comes a magical picture book in which a little girl learns to believe in herself with the help of her doll and best friend, Qai Qai.

    “Don’t be scared, Best Friend! I’m right here with you, always!”

    “But what if I’m not good enough?”

    “Girl!” Qai Qai answered. “You’re already good enough when you walk in the door! Come on, let me show you.”

    Baby Girl has a dance recital coming up, and she can't help but worry. She's practiced and practiced, but what if something goes wrong? What if she forgets the steps or freezes up during her solo?

    Luckily, her best friend Qai Qai the doll has her back! When Qai Qai comes to life, they go on a magical journey that shows Baby Girl that she’s ready for the stage.

    This heartwarming picture book from beloved athlete Serena Williams shows readers the power of believing -in your best friend and in yourself.

  • Maya’s Song

    by Renée Watson

    $19.99

    From award-winning creators Renée Watson and Bryan Collier comes a stunningly crafted picture book chronicling the life of poet and activist Maya Angelou.

    Maya’s momma was right.

    Maya was a preacher, a teacher.

    A Black girl whose voice

    chased away darkness, ushered in light.

    This unforgettable picture book introduces young readers to the life and work of Maya Angelou, whose words have uplifted and inspired generations of readers. The author of the celebrated autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya was the first Black person and first woman to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration, and her influence echoes through culture and history.

    Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson uses Angelou’s beloved medium of poetry to lyrically chronicle her rich life in a deeply moving narrative. Vivid and striking collage art by Caldecott Honor recipient and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Bryan Collier completes this unforgettable portrait of one of the most important American artists in history.

  • Me and Muhammad Ali: My Day with Muhammad Ali

    by Jabari Asim

    $17.99

    A little boy’s joyous encounter with his hero, boxing champion and poet Muhammad Ali, is everything he’s dreamed of—and more!

    Like most of the kids he knows, Langston is a huge fan of boxing champ Muhammed Ali. After all, Ali is the greatest for so many reasons—his speed, his strength, his confidence—and his poetry. Langston loves that Ali can float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, and Ali’s words give him confidence to spin his own poems. When Langston hears the champ is coming to the local high school, he’s ecstatic—this will be a day that will go down in history for him. When the big day arrives, Langston gets a special haircut, and floats like a butterfly to meet his hero—so imagine his disappointment when a guard tries to stop him at the door, saying the event is just for students. Fortunately, Langston has learned a thing or two about fearlessness from the champ and is quick about not taking “no” for an answer. And just like that, a dream comes true for Langston that leaves him feeling wrapped in a warm glow and chanting I’m quick and I’m strong. I’m Black and I’m free. I’m brave and I’m bold, like Muhammad Ali!

  • Game, Set, Sisters!: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams

    by Jay Leslie

    $18.99
    An uplifting picture book biography about the unwavering bond between sisters and tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams.

    In 1989, two opponents faced off in their first tennis tournament. But they weren’t just rivals, they were also sisters. Sisters who would go on to become legends.

    The first sisters in professional tennis ever to be ranked #1 and #2 in the world. The first sisters to both reach the top of the rankings, and do it together. The only sisters to ever win Grand Slam titles and Olympic gold medals together.

    From their beginnings on a crumbling Compton tennis court to their shining achievements on the most prestigious stages, Game, Set, Sisters!: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams tells the inspirational story of two of the most beloved athletes in history and how despite being served the most challenging hardships in life—illness, family, loss, racism—they always continued to swing back stronger.

  • Song in the City by Daniel Bernstrom
    $17.99

    From Daniel Bernstrom, the acclaimed author of One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree, comes an entertaining and lyrical picture book about a young blind girl and her grandmother who experience the vibrant everyday music of their busy city.

    Emmalene loves the sounds of her city—but Grandma Jean does not. She doesn’t consider it music. And she just doesn’t get it.

    But when Emmalene encourages her to take a closer listen, Grandma Jean hears something beautiful. 

    Song in the City is a rhythmic and lightly humorous tale that bridges the gap between generations of music and family while centering love, understanding, and joy.

  • I Have a Superpower

    by Stephen Curry

    $18.99

    Four-time NBA champion and superstar Stephen Curry makes a splash with his picture book debut inspiring young readers to unlock their very own superpower.

    "A positive boost from a strong role model." —Kirkus


    Stephen Curry’s journey to the NBA wasn’t easy. Coaches and recruiters repeatedly told him he was too small to make it in the big leagues. But Stephen used their doubts to shape his ever-positive attitude and fuel his own underdog success story. Now, Curry pens an original story to inspire the next generation of go-getters and big dreamers.

    I Have a Superpower is the empowering story that teaches kids you don't have to be the strongest, fastest, or even tallest kid out on the court. So long as you have heart, any goal is achievable through hard work and determination—even without a cape!

  • Sam's Super Seats

    by Keah Brown

    $17.99

    *ships in 7-10 business days

    A joyful picture book about a disabled girl with cerebral palsy who goes back-to-school shopping with her best friends, from #DisabledandCute creator and The Pretty One author Keah Brown.

    Sam loves herself, learning, and making her family and friends laugh. She also loves comfortable seats, including a graceful couch named after Misty Copeland and Laney, the sassy backseat of Mom’s car.

    After a busy morning of rest, Sam and her friends try on cute outfits at the mall and imagine what the new school year might bring. It’s not until Sam feels tired, and the new seat she meets isn’t so super, that she discovers what might be her best idea all day.

    With hilarious, charming text by Keah Brown and exuberant illustrations by Sharee Miller, Sam’s Super Seats celebrates the beauty of self-love, the power of rest, and the necessity of accessible seating in public spaces. Includes narrative description of art for those with low/limited vision. 

  • How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture

    by Tonya Bolden

    $17.99
    Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is truly groundbreaking! 

    The first national museum whose mission is to illuminate for all people, the rich, diverse, complicated, and important experiences and contributions of African Americans in America is opening.
    And the history of NMAAHC--the last museum to be built on the National Mall--is the history of America.

    The campaign to set up a museum honoring black citizens is nearly 100 years old; building the museum itelf and assembling its incredibly far-reaching collections is a modern story that involves all kinds of people, from educators and activists, to politicians, architects, curators, construction workers, and ordinary Americans who donated cherished belongings to be included in NMAAHC's thematically-organized exhibits. 

    Award-winning author Tonya Bolden has written a fascinating chronicle of how all of these ideas, ambitions, and actual objects came together in one incredible museum. Includes behind-the-scenes photos of literally "how to build a museum" that holds everything from an entire segregated railroad car to a tiny West African amulet worn to ward off slave traders.
  • Granny's Kitchen: A Jamaican Story of Food and Family

    by Sadé Smith

    $18.99

    A little girl learns Jamaican recipes and self-confidence from her Granny in this warm, sweet picture book debut.

    Shelly-Ann lives with her Granny on the beautiful island of Jamaica. When Shelly-Ann becomes hungry, she asks her Granny for something to eat. Granny tells her “Gyal, you betta can cook!” and teaches Shelly-Ann how to get in touch with her Jamaican roots through the process of cooking.

    As Shelly-Ann tries each recipe, everything goes wrong. But when Granny is too tired to cook one morning, Shelly-Ann will have to find the courage to try one more time and prepare the perfect Jamaican breakfast.

    Accompanied by Ken Daley's vibrant, sun-soaked artwork, Sadé Smith's debut picture book Granny's Kitchen is the perfect readaloud for budding chefs everywhere.

  • Kicks

    by Van G. Garrett

    $17.99

    A fun, lyrical debut picture book, Kicks is an essential read for sneaker fans of all ages, from award-winning poet Van G. Garrett and New York Times bestselling illustrator Reggie Brown.

    “A brilliantly written and illustrated ode to sneakers and sneakerheads, young and old. A gift to us all.” —Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times best-selling author

    This is a love letter to sneakers. But not just any sneakers. Only the flyest, floatiest, you-est kicks you can get—the ones that let you soar!

    This colorful, rhythmic adventure has something to offer anyone who prizes a great pair of shoes and any reader who loves to play with words.

  • Mae Makes a Way: The True Story of Mae Reeves, Hat & History Maker

    by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

    $18.99
    Tip your hat to fashion designer and civil rights icon Mae Reeves in this picture book biography written in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture!
  • Mindful Moves: Kid-Friendly Yoga and Peaceful Activities for a Happy, Healthy You

    by Nicole Cardoza

    $14.95

    Ships in 7-10 business days

    This guide provides children aged 5 and up with fun movement and mindfulness activities, all joyfully illustrated, to help them quiet their worries, relax their bodies, and discover the benefits of being present in the moment.

    Mindfulness is proven to boost children’s physical, mental, and socio-emotional development, but establishing the practice requires making it a part of daily life. With delightful illustrations and kid-friendly language, Mindful Moves introduces kids to simple mindfulness activities that are fun, easy to remember, and available for kids to turn to any time the need arises, no matter where they are. Check Your Inner Weather encourages children to tune into how they feel in the moment and accept their feelings without judgement. Pose like a Superhero helps fill kids with inner strength and confidence, while Breathe like a Walrus helps them channel frustration or anger through breath and facial relaxation. Each of the meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and movement activities is designed to help kids stay calm, be present, and feel focused and happy. Whether it’s before a busy day at school, in the backseat of the car, during a test, or heading off to bed, this is a guide kids can refer to again and again!

  • You Are Not Alone

    by Alphabet Rockers

    $17.99

    From the Grammy award-nominated hip-hop group Alphabet Rockers comes an empowering picture book that invites kids to to love themselves, stand up to hate, and foster inclusivity among their peers!

    When I say something is unfair to me, but it's fair for you, what does that make it?

    When I meditate, it all gets clear.

    And if you listen, you will really hear.

    I am not alone. I am enough.

    It can be scary to feel like you're all on your own, especially in the face of prejudice. But always remember: you are not alone. Inspired by the Alphabet Rockers' empowering song "Not Alone," this uplifting picture book reassures kids that they belong and encourages them to love their beautiful selves and their identities, use their voices against hate, and step up for one another and have one another's backs no matter what.

  • Anita and the Dragons by

    Hannah Carmona

    $17.99
    Anita used to watch the dragons from high above in her village, but now she must enter the belly of the beast. Will Anita be brave enough to take flight to new adventures?

    A beautifully tender story touching on the range of emotions immigrants may feel when leaving their home countries – excitement and sorrow, fear and courage.

    Anita watches the dragons high above her as she hops from one cement roof to another in her village in the Dominican Republic. But being the valiant princesa she is, she never lets them scare her. Will she be brave enough to enter the belly of the beast and take flight to new adventures?

  • The New Baby by Christine Platt
    $9.95
    Ana & Andrew are always on an adventure! They live in Washington, DC with their parents, but with family in Savannah, Georgia and Trinidad, there’s always something exciting and new to learn about African American history and culture. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards.

    Ana & Andrew are always on an adventure! They live in Washington, DC with their parents, but with family in Savannah, Georgia and Trinidad, there’s always something exciting and new to learn about African American history and culture. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards.
  • See You Soon

    by Mariame Kaba

    $18.99
    From New York Times Bestselling Author Mariame Kaba, a poignant, beautifully illustrated story of a little girl’s worries when her Mama goes to jail, and the love that bridges the distance between them.

    Even though I’m away,

    My love is always here to stay.
    See you soon, Queenie.
    Love, Mama

    Queenie loves living with Mama and Grandma Louise. Together, they go to the grocery store, eat ice cream, and play games in the park. Mama braids Queenie’s hair and helps her with her homework.

    Sometimes, when Mama is sick, she has to go away. One day, Queenie and Grandma ride the bus with Mama to the county jail.

    Queenie is worried about what will happen when Mama goes to jail. She’s afraid to ask questions, and overcome with feelings of worry and sadness. Does Mama have a warm bed to sleep in? When will Queenie see her again?

    Soon after she and Grandma return home, Queenie opens a letter from Mama, and savors every word. She knows her Mama loves her, and looks forward to their upcoming visit. 

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