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Meet Danitra Brown (Paperback)

Meet Danitra Brown By Nikki Grimes, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
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This spirited collection of beautifully illustrated poems introduces young readers to Danitra Brown, the most splendiferous girl in town, and her best friend, Zuri Jackson. "The poignant text and lovely pictures are an excellent collaboration, resulting in a look at touching moments of universal appeal." (School Library Journal)

This story of girl friendship and support resonates today more than ever. Perfect for sharing with early grade individuals and groups, including for units on poetry and empathy, kindness, and friendship.

"In a lively cycle of 13 poems, Zuri Jackson celebrates her vibrant best friend Danitra. Danitra shares work, play and confidences with equal verve, knows how to defuse a mean tease or comfort a friend, and loves to wear purple. The joyous portrayal will appeal to a broad age range." (Kirkus)

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2020 ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to young adult literature, the Children's Literature Legacy Award, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Floyd Cooper's many acclaimed books included The Blacker the Berry, for which he received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

ALA Notable Book * Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book * Sequoyah Children's Book Award Masterlist * Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee * Pennyslvania Young Readers' Choice Master List

Some kids at school have a mom and a dad.

I've got Mom and me only.

On Parents' Night it makes me mad

that it's Mom and me only.

"You've got it good," Danitra says when I am sad.

"Your mama loves you twice as much. Is that so bad?"

Danitra knows just what to say to make me glad.

With her around, I'm never lonely.

About the Author

Nikki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, the ALAN Award for significant contributions to young adult literature, the Children’s Literature Legacy Medal, and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She is the author of Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade and the recipient of five Coretta Scott King Author Honors. Her recent books include Printz Honor and Sibert Honor Book Ordinary Hazards; Between the Lines, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults title; the much-acclaimed Garvey’s Choice; ALA Notables Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance and Southwest Sunrise; Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice; and Garvey in the Dark. Nikki lives in Corona, California.


Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. His many beloved books form a lasting legacy.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780688154714
ISBN-10: 0688154719
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 22nd, 1997
Pages: 32
Language: English