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Seasonal - October 2022

Twelve Dinging Doorbells
By (author): Tameka Fryer Brown Illustrated by: Ebony Glenn
Tameka Fryer Brown ,

Illustrated by :

Ebony Glenn





Product Form:



Children: Age (years) 4 - 8, Grade (US) P - 3
Oct 18, 2022
$23.99 CAD


9.37in x 11.37 x 0.35 in | 1.03 lb

Page Count:

32 pages


Penguin Young Readers Group
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American & Black
A cumulative all-holiday carol packed to the brim with family, food, love, and Black joy, especially perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, graduations, and all family celebrations.

Every holiday, aunties, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and neighbors come over to eat, sing, and celebrate life. But all our main character can think about is the sweet potato pie Granny makes just for her. As tables fill with baked macaroni and cheese, chitlins, and other sides a-steaming, she and Granny move the pie to keep it intact. The task becomes tricker as the room grows with dancing and card games and pie cravings. Just when all seems lost and there’s no more pie, Granny pulls out a sweet surprise. 

Written to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Twelve Dinging Doorbells is exuberant. Author Tameka Fryer Brown’s cumulative rhyme is impossible to resist, and the humorous details in Ebony Glenn’s cut-paper collage will welcome readers to this party again and again.

PURE JOY: It’s impossible to leave this book without singing a joyful tune and smiling at the lovingly humorous details in the artwork.

REPRESENTATION: Few books feature Black families celebrating holidays like Christmas, and this book offers a much-needed mirror.

LONG SHELF LIFE: While promotion for this book can start with Thanksgiving and Christmas, the author and illustrator made deliberate choices to help readers enjoy this book at all moments that bring Black families together, like New Years Eve, Easter, Juneteenth, graduations, family reunions, etc.

ADORABLE ARTWORK: Ebony’s art style is highly commercial, with adorable characters, visually appealing textures to her cut-paper collage technique, and a bright palette. 

PERFECT READ ALOUD: Tameka can’t wait to perform this book at read-aloud events. For those familiar with the tune, which is inspired by “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” it will be easy to join in!

MULTIPLE READS ARE A MUST: Ebony has created sweet and funny visual subplots for each family member. Readers will want to come back again and again to find new details they missed.

WELL-CONNECTED AUTHOR: Tameka is a contributor to The Brown Bookshelf, an award-winning website dedicated to highlighting Black children’s authors and illustrators. She’s also beloved in online community spaces like Black Creators HQ and KidLit in Color.

Tameka Fryer Brown wrote Around Our Way on Neighbor’s Day, My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood, and Brown Baby Lullaby. She is also a contributor to The Brown Bookshelf, an award-winning website dedicated to highlighting Black children’s authors and illustrators. She is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Author Residence: Charlotte, NC

Author Hometown: Miami, FL

Ebony Glenn is an Atlanta-based illustrator. She has a passion for the arts, great storytelling, making new things, and advocating for more diverse narratives in children’s books. Ebony is the proud recipient of the 2018 Wonders of Childhood Focus Fellowship given by AIR Serenbe, a nonprofit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute. Visit ebonyglenn.com and follow her on Instagram @artsyebby.

Illustrator Residence: Atlanta, GA

Marketing: National media campaign

Consumer advertising

Downloadable activities

Video content

Online and social media promotion

Educator and librarian outreach

Feature Website: ebonyglenn.com

Author Website: tamekafryerbrown.com

Author Social Media: @teebrownkidlit

Praise for Twelve Dinging Doorbells:

★ “This vibrant celebration of African American families, fun, and culture will be a great addition to library collections.”
School Library Journal, starred review

★ “A new classic.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Revamping ’The 12 Days of Christmas’ to sweetly bustling effect, Fryer Brown pens a lively refrain…It’s a lovingly chaotic portrayal with a pleasingly ample feel.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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