RELEASE DATE – JUNE 18th 2024! From HarperCollins.
Illustrated by Anna Cunha
From Laura Obuobi, author of Black Gold and NAACP Image Award nominee, and illustrator Anna Cunha comes a whimsical bedtime story about the love between a Black father and his daughter. This tender tale with lush natural imagery and pure Black joy captures love’s vastness, showing us its greatest form is often the one between parent and child.
One question must be answered before Afia can slip into a peaceful sleep: What does love look like? With the companionship of her loving papa, Afia journeys to find love and learns that it is the warmth of the sun’s hugs, the brook’s soothing song, and other mesmerizing gifts of nature. But Afia’s quest also teaches her that she may not have to go too far to see the emotion at the heart of the world’s wonders.
54th NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work, February 2023
RELEASED – OCTOBER 11, 2022. From HarperCollins.
Illustrated by London Ladd
“Lyrical, empowering, and inspiring. An affirmation of the miracle each individual is.”— Yamile Saied Méndez, author of Where Are You From? and What Will You Be.
“Obuobi pens an origin story that’s at once earthly and impressively cosmic. Alternating between mythical scenes of creation and naturalistic portraits of a growing child, Ladd combines acrylic paint, cut paper, and tissue paper to create dynamic, starlit imagery, launching Obuobi’s astral prose into the stars.” — Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“This emotionally charged tale has the power of a strong embrace. Ladd’s acrylic paint and collage artwork is richly textured, layered with color and shadow for an intense visual treat full of movement and depth. A stunning work of art.” — Kirkus Starred Review
“Reminiscent of creation myths collected in Virginia Hamilton’s In the Beginning (1988), This original creation story will appeal to fans of Spillet-Summer and Goade’s I Sang You Down from the Stars and Charles and Collier’s All Because You Matter.” — Horn Book Starred Review
“A cosmic origin story filled with beauty and strength.” — Booklist Review
“The mixed media art uses rich, saturated colors and striking imagery to embody the depth of an infinite cosmos, bringing the text to life.” — School Library Journal