Join us for a special storytime with author Tricia Elam Walker as she shares her book Nana Akua Goes to School, winner of the 2021 Ezra Jack Keats award for writing. This moving story that celebrates cultural diversity is about a shy girl who brings her West African grandmother--whose face bears traditional tribal markings--to meet her classmates. This is a great read for kids who are navigating pandemic schooling either virtually or newly in person!
There will be some activities using a writing utensil and paper; have some on hand, if you can. There will also be a Q & A!
Kids of all ages are encouraged to come; parents and guardians welcome!
About the Book
It is Grandparents Day at Zura's elementary school, and the students are excited to introduce their grandparents and share what makes them special. Aleja's grandfather is a fisherman. Bisou's grandmother is a dentist. But Zura's Nana, who is her favorite person in the world, looks a little different from other grandmas. Nana Akua was raised in Ghana, and, following an old West African tradition, has tribal markings on her face. Worried that her classmates will be scared of Nana--or worse, make fun of her--Zura is hesitant to bring her to school. Nana Akua knows what to do, though. With a quilt of traditional African symbols and a bit of face paint, Nana Akua is able to explain what makes her special, and to make all of Zura's classmates feel special, too.
Buy it below.
About the Author
Tricia Elam Walker is the author of the novel Breathing Room, among other publications. She is an award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer, cultural and fashion commentator, and blogger who has written for National Public Radio, the Washington Post, Essence magazine, HuffPost, and more. She practiced law for sixteen years prior to teaching writing in Washington, DC, and Boston. Tricia is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Howard University and is working on several projects, including children's books, plays, and a second novel.