Illustrated by :Ebony Glenn
Audience:Children: Age (years) 4 - 8, Grade (US) P - 3
Dimensions:9.37in x 11.37 x 0.35 in | 1.03 lb
Page Count:32 pages
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.
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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