The Swag Is in the Socks


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$16.99  $15.80
Crown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.79 X 8.56 X 0.93 inches | 0.78 pounds

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About the Author

Kelly J. Baptist is the inaugural winner of the We Need Diverse Books short-story contest. Her story is featured in the WNDB anthology Flying Lessons & Other Stories and inspired her first full-length novel, Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero. Kelly is also the author of the picture book The Electric Slide and Kai. The Swag Is in the Socks was inspired by Kelly's love of unique and creative socks, as well as her older sister's hero work as a speech-language pathologist. When she's not writing, Kelly is usually thinking about writing . . . and dreaming of palm trees while living in southwest Michigan. She keeps beyond busy with her five amazing children, who always give her plenty of story ideas and background noise to write to. Find Kelly at


"An excellent read-alike to Jacqueline Woodson's Harbor Me or Janae Marks' From the Desk of Zoe Washington." -Booklist, Starred Review

"A deeply funny and relatable story of growth." -Kirkus Reviews

"Warmly familiar, intergenerational look at getting to know oneself." -Publishers Weekly

"­Readers will enjoy this incredibly charming lead character, and they'll root for him as he ­navigates the challenges of school and family life." -School Library Journal

"A deeply funny and relatable story of growth." -Shelf Awareness

"[A] thoughtfully written book with lots of Black boy joy." -The Horn Book