Today we’re featuring DeShawn Days by Tony Medina and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, released in 2003 by LEE & LOW BOOKS:
About the Book: DeShawn Days introduces us to ten-year-old DeShawn’s world, where we meet his family, friends, and learn about his hopes and dreams. Author Tony Medina draws from his own experiences growing up in the projects to create this dynamic character. From neighborhood barbecues to building snowmen in the winter to experiencing the loss of DeShawn’s grandmother, readers from all backgrounds will be charmed by this upbeat, compassionate, and creative young boy.
Awards and Honors:
- Starred review, School Library Journal
- Children’s Literature Choice List, Children’s Literature
- Choices, Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC)
- Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award, Parents’ Choice Foundation
- Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College
Resources for Teaching With DeShawn Days:
- Our extensive Teacher’s Guide offers a wide range of teaching ideas.
- Watch author Tony Medina read to a third grade class in Dorchester, MA.
Tell students that poets often use what is called “poetic license.” Poets may write in dialect or nonstandard English to achieve a certain effect as Medina does in poems such as “My Cousin Tiffany.” Sometimes poets do not use capital letters or standard punctuation. Point out that Medina’s poems are not punctuated, except for the occasional exclamation point.
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Other Recommended Picture Books That Celebrate Community:
Bein’ With You This Way by W. Nikola-Lisa, illus. by Michael Bryant
Quinito’s Neighborhood/El vecindario de Quinito by Ina Cumpiano, illus. by José Ramírez
Saturday at the New You by Barbara E. Barber, illus. by Anna Rich
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