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Playtime for Restless Rascals (Hardcover)

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By Nikki Grimes, Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)
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Nikki Grimes, Coretta Scott King Award winning author, and acclaimed illustrator Elizabeth Zunon's latest children's masterpiece is a whimsical adventure and rollicking celebration of playtime fun.

"Time to get to work, little one," I tell you.

"What work?" you ask.

Like always,

you pretend not to understand.

"Your job is called Play," I say.

Mom needs to wake up her child whose job is to play. From dancing in puddles to jumping in leaves, and swinging high enough to almost reach the sun, there's so much to do in a fun-filled day.

For those seeking children's books about diversity, this loving depiction of everyday shenanigans is sure to become a story time favorite. Playtime for Restless Rascals is an African American children's book that celebrates imagination, playful moments, and the love between parents and child.

Praise for Bedtime for Sweet Creatures:

"A patient mother with a healthy sense of whimsy helps prepare her headstrong toddler for bed. Zunon's art takes this book to the next level: Her portrayals of the animals mentioned in the text are colorful and full of intriguing patterns and shapes. An adventurous treat of a bedtime story."—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"An adorable and imaginative bedtime story to add to collections for young children...children will engage with the pajama-clad tot's antics and be soothed by the book's positive tone. A fabulous interpretation of an everyday battle."—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

Praise for Off to See the Sea

"Children will delight… This ebullient account of a common childhood experience bursts with love and universal appeal."—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, the 2017 Children's Literature Legacy Award, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, among many others. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California. Find her at

Elizabeth Zunon grew up in West Africa and now lives Albany, NY where she draws, paints, collages, sews, silkscreens, makes jewelry, and ponders the endless possibilities of chocolate. Her work is largely influenced by the people, places, and things from her childhood in the Ivory Coast as the product of two cultures. Visit her at

Praise For…

"This is a beautiful and lighthearted celebration of young families. Highly recommended as a gift for new parents and for lapsit storytimes" — Youth Services Book Review, STARRED review

"A stunning, warm story about the many ways that play sparks joy" — Kirkus Reviews (STARRED review)

"Grimes crafts an outstanding story igniting a passion for play while mirroring its relationship to authentic work and the fundamental elements of true productivity: lunch, naptime, and winning" — School Library Journal, STARRED review

"The tale captures the drama of a full day of play, empowering children by letting them know that they can be experts, too. The illustrations are beautiful, vibrant, and full of action, with creative ways of displaying text. Any child-and-parent duo is sure to relate to this depiction of a hard day at play" — Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781728238937
ISBN-10: 1728238935
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: September 6th, 2022
Pages: 32
Language: English