La alegría de ser tú y yo
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.
Translated from Bein' with You This Way, La alegría de ser tú y yo 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 Children's Books Winner
Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
Children's Book of the Month Club
Pick of the List
American Bookseller's Association
Reading Magic Award Winner
Interest Level:Grades PreK - 3
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 3
Five Senses / Body Parts, Similarities and Differences, Sharing & Giving, Poetry, Neighbors, Music, Multiethnic interest, Friendship, Cultural Diversity, African/African American Interest, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Empathy/Compassion, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Kindness/Caring, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Pride, Tolerance/Acceptance
Part of These Collections
Bebop Spanish Guided Reading Level J, Early Fluent Dual Language, Early Fluent Spanish, Diverse Background Spanish Collection Grades PreK-2, Bilingual English/Spanish and Dual Language Books , Spanish Language Collection, Dual Language Levels J-M Collection