By Janet Bates
Illustrated by Lambert Davis
Tomorrow is Grandma's birthday, and the house is overflowing with family and friends. Hugs, laughter, and the smells of delicious food fill the air as everyone gets ready for a beach party. Cora is excited, but she is also worried because she still does not have a present for Grandma. Cora cannot think of anything special enough.
Cora knows her grandmother misses her home country, Cape Verde. After a nighttime walk on the beach with Grandma, Cora finally comes up with an idea for the perfect gift. It is one that both of them will always remember—and a way to help Grandma reconnect with faraway family.
Winner of Lee & Low's New Voices Award Honor, Seaside Dream celebrates a treasured relationship between child and grandparent. Set in a lush, coastal neighborhood, this contemporary story lovingly affirms family bonds that transcend age and distance and warmly captures the joy of giving from the heart.
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About the Creators
has been recognized by Highlights for Children as an Author of the Month. Her prize-winning fiction has been published in Highlights and in Pockets magazine. Seaside Dream was inspired by Bates’s grandmother, who came to the United States from Cape Verde. Like Cora and Grandma in the story, Bates loves to spend time at the beach. This is her first book. She lives with her family in Massachusetts and can be found on the Web at janetcostabates.com.
has illustrated numerous books for children, including the best-selling The Jolly Mon and Whales Passing, a Parents’ Choice Recommended title. Born in Hawaii and having spent many years living near the ocean in California, Davis often creates artwork that reflects the beauty of the sea. When not painting, he enjoys surfing, sailing, and traveling. Davis now lives with his wife and their two sons on the southeastern coast of Australia. His Web site is lambertdavis.com.