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Friday, January 19, 2024

The Spark In You - a new children book by Ms. Pippins



The Spark In You (from Random House Studio|) is a  jubilant picture book filled with powerful affirmations from beloved creator Andrea Pippins, and perfect for readers from 4-8. 

Did you know that 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 Carnival. The spare text featured throughout the story leaves room for the striking artwork to shine in this powerful display of community, individuality, and spirit.

Our reviewer (who will be five in May) says: "[A] Great book and great illustrations too!"

Andrea Pippins 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


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