Spring 2020

A Story About Afiya

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Some people have dresses for every occasion but Afiya needs only one. Her dress records the memories of her childhood, from roses in bloom to pigeons in flight, from tigers at the zoo to October leaves falling. A joyful celebration of a young girl’s childhood, written by the late Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning Jamaican poet James Berry.

Format Your Price
Temporarily out of stock
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Category Diversity
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-04-07
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JUV030040, JUV057000, JUV074000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 9 x 9.75
Lexile 670
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


The New York Times

" [A] joyous celebration of childhood, culture and place. . ."—The New York Times

Shelf Awareness

“James Berry’s ‘A Story About Afiya’ makes its debut in this visually spectacular edition illustrated by Brazilian artist Anna Cunha.”—Shelf Awareness

Kirkus Reviews

“A unique and beautiful combination of poetic story and expressive art.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: James Berry

James Berry was a celebrated Jamaican poet, living in the UK. James received a Coretta Scott King Book Award and the Smarties Grand Prix, and was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to poetry. He passed away in 2017.

Illustrator: Anna Cunha

Anna Cunha is an award-winning Brazilian artist who has illustrated more than 20 books. Her work has been shortlisted for the Jabuti Prize and received a Joao-de-Barro Prize honorable mention.