JaNay Brown-Wood

Friday, July 28th at 1:00 pm

Flamingo Lounge


JaNay Brown-Wood is an award-winning author and educator. Her book Imani’s Moon was featured on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show as well as Storytime with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She enjoys writing, discussing the importance of authentic diversity in children’s literature, and spending time with her husband and daughter.


Linh searches for blueberries in her rooftop garden in this vibrant exploration of gardening and healthy eating, from the Where in the Garden? series.

Linh is having a picnic in her rooftop garden for all of her friends, and she needs help searching for blueberries to finish preparing her dishes. What do we know about blueberries? They’re small, blue, and grow on bushes—and, just a second, is that a blueberry? No, that’s a gooseberry. Where, oh, where could those blueberries be? Can you help Linh find them in time for her picnic?

The fourth title in the Where in the Garden? picture book series stars a young Asian girl who tours her rooftop garden with her mom to explore the fruits and vegetables growing there. The playful text guides young readers to hunt for visual clues and compare and contrast the unique characteristics of blueberries against peaches, strawberries, tomatoes, and other produce that grows in Linh’s rooftop garden.

Artist Samara Hardy brings this multi-layered story to life with vivid, cheerful illustrations created from layers of hand-painted ink and watercolor texture. Back matter includes a tasty blueberry and banana pancake recipe for little chefs and their adult helpers to try together.

Series Overview: Featuring a diverse cast of characters, the Where in the Garden? series of four picture books explore gardening and farming during every season of the year. Perfect for early childhood and elementary education units on agriculture, farming, gardening, and healthy eating.


Children’s Books About Friendships

What makes you happy? Rainbows, puppies, hearts, stars, unicorns? How about having a good friend by your side. These wonderful childrens’ books are focused around making friends and what it means to be a good friend to others.

Tickled Pink: How Friendship Washes the World with Color
By Andree Poulin
Pajama Press, $18.95, 32 pages

Tickled Pink: How Friendship Washes the World with Color” is a heartwarming tale about a pink flamingo named Filippo who seeks to find himself after his black and white friends reject him. Filippo is the only spot of color in a black and white world and as his confidence starts to grow so does the vibrant color in the book. This book about acceptance, feelings, and friendship is a wonderful addition to any childrens’ library.

A Friend for Bear
By Steve Smallman
Tiger Tales, $17.99, 32 pages

What a cute story A Friend For Bear is. This little Bear can’t wait to make some new friends. But Bear starts learning lessons about the true meaning of friendship when he stops paying attention to the needs of his friends because he is moving so fast to get from one thing to another. A great lesson in paying attention to those around us and stopping to enjoy the roses.

Ellie Makes a Friend
By Mike Wu
Disney-Hyperion, $16.99, 40 pages

Ellie the Elephant and Ping the Panda are new friends! And they are both artists living at the zoo. But as Ping’s paintings become more popular and praised, Ellie starts to question whether she herself  is really talented or not. She must learn some real lessons about friendship and learn that everyone is different with their own special gifts.

The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon: A Story about Friendship and Loving Our Earth
By Land Wilson
Little Pickle Press, $17.99, 40 pages

This book teaches young ones about friendship and learning how to love and preserve the Earth we are living on. Little Sofia dreams about going to the Moon and learning that people are hurting the Earth. This book is an inspiring book to save our planet and even gives tips on how to do so. Beautifully illustrated with a wonderful theme.

With a Little Help from My Friends
By John Lennon
Little Simon, $17.99, 40 pages

This book is a gorgeous illustration of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s song “With a Little Help from My Friends”. The vivid pictures capture the lyrics of this masterfully written song. A book for children and adults (especially those who are fans of The Beatles) to enjoy.

The Friendship Book
By Mary Lyn Ray
HMH Books for Young Readers, $14.99, 32 pages

This adorably illustrated book tells young readers how there are many types of friendships that are formed in different ways. Having fun and being a friend lets readers understand how companionship is really a wonderful thing.