This spirited collection of beautifully illustrated poems introduces young readers to Danitra Brown, the most splendiferous girl in town, and her best friend, Zuri Jackson. The poignant text and lovely pictures are an excellent collaboration, resulting in a look at touching moments of universal appeal. (School Library Journal)
This story of girl friendship and support resonates today more than ever. Perfect for sharing with early grade individuals and groups, including for units on poetry and empathy, kindness, and friendship.
In a lively cycle of 13 poems, Zuri Jackson celebrates her vibrant best friend Danitra. Danitra shares work, play and confidences with equal verve, knows how to defuse a mean tease or comfort a friend, and loves to wear purple. The joyous portrayal will appeal to a broad age range. (Kirkus)
New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2020 ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to young adult literature, the Children's Literature Legacy Award, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Floyd Cooper's many acclaimed books included The Blacker the Berry, for which he received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
ALA Notable Book * Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book * Sequoyah Children's Book Award Masterlist * Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee * Pennyslvania Young Readers' Choice Master List
Some kids at school have a mom and a dad.
I've got Mom and me only.
On Parents' Night it makes me mad
that it's Mom and me only.
You've got it good, Danitra says when I am sad.
Your mama loves you twice as much. Is that so bad?
Danitra knows just what to say to make me glad.
With her around, I'm never lonely.
About the Author
Nikki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, the ALAN Award, the Children's Literature Legacy Award, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the Printz Honor and Sibert Honor book Ordinary Hazards; NAACP Image Award nominee Planet Middle School; Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade; Coretta Scott King Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words With Wings, which was also named an ALA Notable Book; and What Is Goodbye?, an ALA Notable Book. She lives in Corona, California.www.nikkigrimes.com
Floyd Cooper has been honored four times for his illustrations by the Coretta Scott King Award. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma. In 1984 Frank came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books, and he now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his family. You can visit him online at floydcooper.com.