The thumbtack dancer

2017

by Leslie Tryon and Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Gus is a most promising, most energetic and most talented young dancer who figures out how to make enough money to upgrade his tip-a-tap thumbtack sneakers to a new pair of real tap shoes that could slap-a-dee-dap, slap-a-dee-dap on a real dance floor. He uses his public street dancing and thumbtack shoes to tap his way down the sidewalk and right up to the big red door of the dance studio

Any Child

We are shining

2017

by Gwendolyn Brooks and Jan Spivey Gilchrist

A life-affirming poem, illustrated for the first time, intends to foster opportunity and acceptance for all the people and children of the world. Gwendolyn Brooks honors the beauty of our world, the story of shared humanity, and the many different people in it. She speaks to all children of the world in this moving poem about acceptance, stressing that every child should have the opportunity for a shining future and offering hope for a better tomorrow

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