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“Solidly reassuring. . . . Avelino’s playful illustrations depict a family with a range of skin tones and hair colors, a refreshing reflection of the true diversity of the Black community. Bright, fantastical backgrounds with repeating circular patterns feature various shapes and colors while placing the focus on Chino’s relationships with her loved ones. The straightforward text lingers on each scene, inviting readers to dwell in Chino’s world. This is a cozy read-aloud to help little ones wind down before a nap or bed.”
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Mama’s Sleeping Scarf

Written by Chimamanda Adichie
Illustrated by Joelle Avelino
Published by Knopf Publishing Group

The first children’s book from the best-selling author of We Should All Be Feminists and Americanah–a tender story about a little girl’s love for her mother’s scarf, and the adventures she shares with it and her whole family.

Chino loves the scarf that her mama ties around her hair at night. But when Mama leaves for the day, what happens to her scarf? Chino takes it on endless adventures! Peeking through the colorful haze of the silky scarf, Chino and her toy bunny can look at her whole family as they go through their routines.

With stunning illustrations from Joelle Avelino, Mama’s Sleeping Scarf is a celebration of family, and a touching story about the everyday objects that remind us of the ones we love.

Primary ISBN: 9780593535578
Publication Date: September 2023
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Picture Book, Age 03 or older

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Setting: Nigeria (Lagos)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Home Country

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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Launch in Lagos, Nigeria