4 Books Published by Penny Candy Books on AALBC — Book Cover Collage

Click for more detail about How to Tie a Shoe: & Other Big Adventures by Skip Hill How to Tie a Shoe: & Other Big Adventures

by Skip Hill
Penny Candy Books (Mar 10, 2020)
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Every kid knows that tying a shoe can be a big adventure, especially in a world full of spaghetti, birds’ nests, camping trips, and seeing old friends after summer break.

How to Tie a Shoe & Other Big Adventures is the first in a series of handbooks by Penny Candy Books exploring and unraveling the complexities of some of childhood’s most essential lessons where tying a shoe becomes a metaphor for experience, and learning is an act of discovery.


Click for more detail about Luca’s Bridge/El Puente de Luca by Mariana Llanos Luca’s Bridge/El Puente de Luca

by Mariana Llanos
Penny Candy Books (Apr 16, 2019)
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The bilingual picture book Luca’s Bridge / El Puente de Luca, by Mariana Llanos with illustrations by Anna López Real, tells the emotional story of a boy coming to terms with his family’s deportation from the United States to Mexico. A powerful meditation on home and identity at a time when our country sorely needs it.


Click for more detail about Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy

by Tony Medina
Penny Candy Books (Feb 27, 2018)
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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina offers a fresh perspective of young men of color by depicting thirteen views of everyday life: young boys dressed in their†Sunday†best, running to catch a bus, and growing up to be teachers, and much more. Each of Tony Medina’s tanka is matched with a different artist& mdash; including recent Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Award recipients.

The 13 illustrators whose artwork is shown in this great book are:

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Click for more detail about A Gift from Greensboro by Quraysh Ali Lansana A Gift from Greensboro

by Quraysh Ali Lansana
Penny Candy Books (Oct 11, 2016)
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An illustrated poem about two best friends, one white and one black, in the 1970s—when eating together at a lunch counter on a lazy summer afternoon is no big deal.

A Gift from Greensboro is an elegy, a celebration of the magic of childhood friendship, and a meditation on growing up in the wake of the sit-ins that ushered in the Civil Rights Movement. Paired with eye-catching, layered illustrations, this poem recognizes that true friendship knows no boundaries and that love drives positive change. Read alongside Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins by Carole Boston Weatherford for a well-rounded lesson about a significant, igniting moment in our country’s civil rights history.