By W. Nikola-Lisa
Illustrated by Michael Bryant
On a beautiful sunny day, an African American girl visits the park and rounds up a group of her friends for an afternoon of fun and playground games. As they play, this happy crew discovers that despite their physical differences — straight hair, curly hair; brown eyes, blue eyes; light skin, dark skin — they are all really the same.
With the irresistible and exuberant beat of a playground rap, Bein' with You This Way invites readers of all ages to join in this celebration of diversity. Michael Bryant's illustrations add to the rhythm with an unforgettable cast of characters who share a sunny day and the universal childhood joy of just bein' together.
"Pick of the Lists"
Reading Magic Award Winner
Best Books Winner
Jane Addams Children's Book Award
Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
- Interest Level
- Grades PreK - 3
- Reading Level
- Grades 2 - 3
- Cultural diversity, Multiethnic interest, Music, Neighbors, Poetry, Sharing & Giving, Similarities and Differences, Five Senses / Body Parts
- Accelerated Reader
- Level: 1.8
W. Nikola-Lisa is the author of numerous award-winning children's books, among them Bein' with You This Way, Summer Sun Risin', and My Teacher Can Teach Anyone!, all published by LEE & LOW BOOKS (see full list to the right). A professor of education at National-Louis University in Evanston, Illinois, Nikola-Lisa lives in Chicago with his wife. To find out more about W. Nikola-Lisa, visit his Web site: nikolabooks.com
Michael Bryant has received the Jane Addams Peace Award Honor, Parenting magazine's Reading Magic Award and the Parents Choice award for his illustration work. Bryant lives in Saylorburg, Pennsylvania with his wife and their two daughters. Visit him online at michaelbryantart.com.