Books by Elizabeth Zunon

THE LEGENDARY MISS LENA HORNE by Carole Boston Weatherford
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A memorable life dedicated to music and civil rights, presented with commensurate style. (bibliography, further reading, listening, and viewing) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Twentieth-century racism tried hard to deny this great performer her voice—and failed. Read full book review >
DON'T CALL ME GRANDMA by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Children will best appreciate this nostalgic journey when accompanied by a doting loved one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Scary grandmas are always called "grandMOTHER," especially if they are 96-year-old great-grandmothers who have "chocolaty brown" skin and are named Nell and sometimes growl into their mirrors. Read full book review >
POEMS IN THE ATTIC by Nikki Grimes
Released: May 15, 2015

"Succinct poetry shines in this impassioned celebration of history; the stories of this African-American family traveling the globe are rich with heart and color. (Picture book/poetry. 6-11)"
A girl discovers her mother's childhood poems in her grandmother's attic and embarks on a journey through family history that inspires her own poetic tribute to her mother. Read full book review >
ONE PLASTIC BAG by Miranda Paul
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Though Isatou Ceesay's country may be unfamiliar to young readers, they've probably done some handicraft recycling of their own. The easy connection makes this a welcome addition to the small shelf of examples of ingenuity in developing nations. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Distressed by the problem of plastic-bag disposal, a Gambian woman organizes her neighbors to turn trash into treasure. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Hawaiians do—and should—take great pride in their heritage. This attempt to share it with the world, however, seems like it is piggybacking on celebrity and falls flat. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Originally published exclusively in Hawaii in 2009, this reissued title is now widely available, just in time for the upcoming electoral race. Read full book review >
LALA SALAMA by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Share this with preschoolers who may enjoy a peek into another culture's family life or keep at hand for the tired child, who will most appreciate this quietly sentimental offering. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Newbery Medal-winner MacLachlan (Sarah, Plain and Tall, 1985) sets her gentle picture book-cum-lullaby near Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"The interplay of poetic and visual metaphor makes for a striking presentation; adults who can appreciate and chant the bluesy poem as well as sensitively interpret the pictures together with children are the ideal collaborators in savoring this intriguing work. (author's note, source notes, resources) (Picture book. 5-8) "
Harvey presents an imagined first-person narrative in the form of a blues poem by master collage artist Bearden. Read full book review >