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“This lovely story explores the perennial fear of being different, while showcasing the great love between a grandparent and grandchild.” –School Library Journal

Nana Akua Goes to School

Written by Tricia Elam Walker
Illustrated by April Harrison
Published by Schwartz & Wade Books

It is Grandparents Day at Zura’s elementary school, and the students are excited to introduce their grandparents and share what makes them special. Aleja’s grandfather is a fisherman. Bisou’s grandmother is a dentist. But Zura’s Nana, who is her favorite person in the world, looks a little different from other grandmas. Nana Akua was raised in Ghana, and, following an old West African tradition, has tribal markings on her face. Worried that her classmates will be scared of Nana–or worse, make fun of her–Zura is hesitant to bring her to school. Nana Akua knows what to do, though. With a quilt of traditional African symbols and a bit of face paint, Nana Akua is able to explain what makes her special, and to make all of Zura’s classmates feel special, too.

Primary ISBN: 9780525581130

Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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Setting: United States

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 2nd Generation

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