This jubilant picture book filled with powerful affirmations celebrates the beautiful magic that makes each of us special. This is the perfect heartfelt gift for a birthday, graduation or other new beginnings.
There is a spark in you!
The spark in you shines when you smile. It sparkles when you dance. It glimmers and shimmers, zings, and pops! Your spark is festive and joyous and burns brightest when you are authentically being you
Set against the vibrant backdrop of Carnival,
a little girl uses all her creative energy to get ready for the big parade. Through the eyes of this vibrant character, the story celebrates individual expression and creativity as well as the explosion of light, color, and flavor of the festival.
Leaning into her Brazilian heritage, creator Andrea Pippins
shares a window into the world of a young girl as she joins in the excitement of the parade. The spare text leaves room for the striking artwork to shine in a powerful display of community, individuality, and spirit.
January 9, 2024
Preschool - 3
Lexile: AD510L | Fountas/Pinnell: K
is an illustrator and author with a passion for creating images that reflect what she wants to see in art, media, and design. Her work has been featured in Essence,
the New York Times,
and O: The Oprah Magazine.
Andrea is the author of Who Will You Be?
a look at the life of a boy and the people in his community who shape him; Becoming Me
, an interactive journal for young women to color, doodle, and brainstorm their way to a creative life; and We Inspire Me
, a collection of essays, interviews, and advice on cultivating and empowering one's own creative community.
Learn more about Andrea on her website andreapippins.com.
"Pippins’s enthusiastic book takes inspiration from Brazilian Carnival as it celebrates individuals’ internal spark
." —Publishers Weekly
"A marvelous manifesto
reminding all of us to look within to find what ignites our spark." —Kirkus Reviews
"Libraries will want to consider purchasing this homage to joyful
self-expression for its visual representation of Carnival." —School Library Journal