for Melena's Jubilee by Zetta Elliott and Aaron Boyd
Named to Bank Street College of Education's prestigious 2016 Best Children's Books of the Year with a star for outstanding merit.
Named to Bayviews Outstanding List (online journal for the Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California (ACL))
2017 Skipping Stones Honor Book
After being sent to bed early the previous night, Melena wakes up to a new day with a song in her heart.
At breakfast she learns she has been given a "fresh start," and she decides to celebrate by doing things differently for the rest of the day. Melena chooses not to fight with her brother, and shares the money she has rather than demanding to be repaid by a less fortunate friend. This story introduces children to the concept of jubilee, which stresses the important principles of debt relief, generosity, and forgiveness. Aaron Boyd's mixed-media illustrations are as bright and vivid as a sun-washed day.
Fountas & Pinnell Level M