Lucky Beans

Albert Whitman & Company
Illustrator: Nicole Tadgell
ISBN-13: 978-0807547823
ISBN-10: 0807547824
Year Published: 2010
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 32
Size: 10.2 x 8.4 inches
Illustrations: Full color
Interest Level: Grades K- 5
Reading Level Equivalent: Grade 3.4


2013 Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award
CCBC Choices 2011
2010 BookLinks Lasting Connection;
2012-2013 Show Me Readers Award Nominee List (Missouri)
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2010
Smithsonian Magazine 2010 Notable Books for Children



“With its math and social studies elements, this will be a practical book for schools, but it’s also a welcome addition to the growing number of picture books about families getting through difficult economic times.” Horn Book Magazine


“Lucky Beans can be used across the curriculum to educate while it entertains. Ideal for classrooms and school libraries, it’s also a strong choice for public libraries.”
School Library Journal

“Math and wry comedy mix in this lively historical story based on Birtha’s grandmother’s memories of life during the Depression.” Booklist

“The family works together to survive and finds moments of love, appreciation and sheer happiness….” Kirkus Reviews

“This heartwarming story provides young readers a lesson in addition and multiplication and reveals a family’s perseverance to make the best of life’s circumstances.”  Multicultural Review

“This story is fitting for today’s economic times, and along with the social studies and math connection, it will be welcome in any classroom…Soft watercolors bring to life the 1930s and the warmth of togetherness of a loving African-American family.” Children’s Literature

 Lucky Beans is an ideal choice when seeking picture books that are rich in substantive content.” Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

“Kids will enjoy learning about history and math from this gentle, funny book.” Gender Equality Bookstore