Anna McQuinn has worked in children's books for more than twenty-five years as an editor, publisher, and writer. She is the author of more than twenty books for children, including Lola at the Library, Lola Loves Stories, Lola Reads to Leo, The Sleep Sheep (Scholastic), and If You're Happy and You Know It! (Barefoot). Anna leads groups like Leo's at her local library.
Rosalind Beardshaw loved drawing from early childhood and from a young age decided she wanted to become an illustrator. She studied at Manchester Polytechnic where she earned a degree in illustration. Since graduating in 1992, she has illustrated many children's books, including two of her own stories; Grandma's Beach and Grandpa's Surprise (Bloomsbury) inspired by long summer holidays spent with her playful grandparents. Animals have also played a large part in her work. Her lurcher, Basil is proving to be a constant source of inspiration for new characters! In her spare time, Rosalind works as a volunteer with adults who have learning difficulties. She lives in York, England.
After years of everyday joys with McQuinn and Beardshaw's Lola,
readers now watch her start school. It will be a bit like story
time at the library, but Lola will stay by herself. The little
black girl knows what to expect because she's visited the school
with her mom. She is prepared with gifts from loved ones--fun
pencils from Nana, a water bottle from Ty. The night before her big
day, Lola lays out her outfit. In the morning, she tucks her
stuffed kitty, Dinah, in her bag and poses for a snapshot. In the
classroom, Miss Suzan, a white woman, shows her where to put her
things. Lola spends time reading with her friend Julia, who has
pale skin and black hair, and then they play dress-up. Her mom sits
for a while before saying goodbye. After snack time and more play,
there is circle time. Of course, Lola knows the song and all the
motions. Picking Lola up at the end of the day, Mommy hugs her
daughter. Beardshaw's soft, slightly smudgy illustrations allow
young readers to focus on one cozy moment at a time. Even at this
milestone, Lola still appears quite tiny, and the text is no more
complex than in previous books, making this a seamless transition
from Lola's younger days to her new life in school. Both perfect
for Lola fans and likely to earn her ever more readers.