By Patricia Smith
Illustrated by Aaron Boyd
Saturdays are special for Janna. That's when she and Granddaddy spend the whole day together.
Walking down the street with Granddaddy is like strolling through a kingdom with a king. He knows everyone and everyone knows him. Best of all, Granddaddy and Janna always head for her favorite place in the world — Terrell's barbershop. There, Granddaddy and his friends are kings in barber chair thrones, and Janna is a princess, showered with love and attention.
One day Granddaddy passes away, and Janna feels she has lost their wonderful kingdom forever. But with great courage and some unexpected help, Janna finds her way back to the happiness of those special Saturdays.
Winner of LEE & LOW's New Voices Award, Janna and the Kings is a moving story of love and rediscovery, and a celebration of the enduring bond between grandchild and grandparent.
Booktalk with author Patricia Smith
Best Books About Real Life
Family Fun Magazine
Society of School Librarians International
Children's Book Award Notable
International Reading Association
- Interest Level
- Grades 1 - 4
- Reading Level
- Grade 3
- African/African American Interest, Coping with Death, Grandparents
- Accelerated Reader
- Level: 4.5
Patricia Smith was inspired to write JANNA AND THE KINGS by childhood memories of Saturdays spent at the barbershop with her father. Smith is an award-winning journalist, playwright, and performer, and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam. She also authored the companion book to the critically acclaimed PBS documentary "Africans in America." Smith lives in Tarrytown, New York. Janna and the Kings is her first picture book.