Grandmama’s Pride

Grandmama's Pride coverPublisher
Albert Whitman & Company
IllustratorColin Bootman
ISBN-13: 978-0807530283
Year Published: 2005
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 32
Size: 10.75″ x 8.50″
Illustrations: Full color
Interest Level: Grades 2 – 5
Reading Level Equivalent: Grade 4.2


GK Seal2005 SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Book for Picture Book Text
2006 IRA Children’s Book Award Notables
2007-2008 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award Master List
2007-2008 Show Me Readers Award Master List (Missouri)
2008 Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Master List (Kansas)
2008-2009 Georgia Picture Book Award Master List
2008 Skipping Stones Honor Award
CCBC Choices 2006


“The gentle tone of Birtha’s writing reflects the quiet dignity with which the adults in Sarah Marie’s family meet the indignities of Jim Crow laws….The strong, sensitive writing is enhanced by beautiful watercolor paintings filled with chips of light. This story will generate discussions on a range of topics including racial segregation, bullying, and self-respect.”
School Library Journal

“Told in Sarah Marie’s voice, this slice of dramatic history will touch both heart and mind. An author’s note provides historical context.” Booklist

“Bittersweet nostalgia and a gentle introduction to an important and painful piece of our national past. A lengthy author’s note gives the story a helpful historical context.” Kirkus Reviews