It's Raining Laughter

writ­ten by Nik­ki Grimes
pho­tographs by Myles C. Pinkney
Word­song / Boyds Mills Press, 2005

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It’s Raining Laughter

An excerpt from the book:

Yes! I am
rounder than most
which means
there is more of me
to love.
If you’re smart
you’ll cher­ish
my por­trait
and me, see
how snug­ly I fit
in the pock­et
of your heart.

“Wal­let Size” from It’s Rain­ing Laugh­ter
© 2005 by Nik­ki Grimes


Twelve joy­ous poems about grow­ing up are filled with music, laugh­ter, and love.Simple child­hood plea­sures such as run­ning, play­ing, read­ing, and remem­ber­ing are touched on with insight and humor. Full-col­or pho­tographs of African-Amer­i­can chil­dren at work and play are placed on pas­tel-shad­ed pages that con­vey all the exu­ber­ance and delight of the selec­tions. A har­mo­nious blend of words and pic­tures. (School Library Jour­nal)

Twelve live­ly, short poems are accom­pa­nied by col­or pho­tographs of con­tem­po­rary African Amer­i­can chil­dren. Some of Grimes’ poems are cul­tur­al­ly spe­cif­ic, cel­e­brat­ing the love and pride reflect­ed in chil­dren’s names, or the sig­nif­i­cance of a brown-skinned child see­ing her­self in the books she reads at the library. The impor­tance if high self-esteem, joy, and laugh­ter in all chil­dren’s lives is evi­dent in the exu­ber­ant mood of the paired poems and pho­to (Book Links)

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