Bein' with You This Way
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.
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About the Creators
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. 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 website: nikolabooks.com
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 www.michaelbryantart.com.
About This Title
Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book
American Library Association (ALA)
Best Books of the Year
Best Children's Books Winner
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Close the Book on Hate Reading List
Pick of the List
American Bookseller's Association
Interest Level:Grades PreK - 3
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 3
Five Senses / Body Parts, Similarities and Differences, Sharing & Giving, Poetry, Neighbors, Music, Multiethnic interest, Cultural diversity, Optimism/Enthusiasm, African/African American Interest, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Friendship, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Pride, Realistic Fiction, Tolerance/Acceptance
Part of These Collections
African American English Collection Grades PreK-2, English Fiction Grades PreK-2, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades PreK-2, Early Fluent Dual Language, Early Fluent English, English Guided Reading Level K, Diverse Background English Collection Grades PreK-2, Poetry Grades PreK-2, English/Spanish Bilingual and Dual Language Books , Lee & Low Poetry Collection, Friends & Friendship