Keyana Loves School (Keyana)

by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley (Author) Charnelle Pinkney Barlow (Illustrator)

Keyana Loves School (Keyana)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Keyana
Keyana is heading back to school in this exciting picture book written by bestselling author Natasha Anastasia Tarpley (I Love My Hair!) and illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow!

Keyana has come up with the perfect idea for a class project, and getting it done is pretty fun! All she has to do is pick the people and places she loves around her school. But when the teacher asks Keyana to present the project in front of everyone, she’ll have to find a little bit of confidence and a big way to share.

Praise for the KEYANA series: 

Tarpley's pleasant, relatable text and Barlow's vivid soft-pastel illustrations combine here to create a heartwarming story...This book is a beauty to behold.―Booklist

A celebration of big ideas, teamwork, and family...A loving depiction of a warm, affectionate Black family. 

In a delightful story about Black child joy and family, Tarpley gives us an adorable and dynamic main character in Keyana, who has presence and confidence aplenty... A recommended purchase for collections needing a little more Black joy on the shelves.―School Library Journal
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A joyous depiction of an educational experience that all children deserve.

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"A heartfelt ode to African American educators....A joyous depiction of an educational experience that all children deserve."Kirkus
Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
Natasha Anastasia Tarpley started writing when she was seven years old, and from that young age she understood that stories could change the world. She is the author of the bestselling picture book I Love My Hair!, Bippity Bop Barbershop, and The Me I Choose to Be, among other titles. Natasha is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and is the cofounder of Voonderbar! Media, a project seeking to expand the depictions of children of color in media. This is the third book in her Keyana series. She lives with her family in Chicago, Illinois.

Charnelle Pinkney Barlow was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. She received her BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and her MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Creating images and stories that speak to the hearts of children and those that guide them is her greatest joy. Charnelle currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband. In addition to the Keyana series, she is also the illustrator of Remember to Dream, Ebere; The Real Santa; Just Like Mama; and many other titles.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
July 09, 2024
BISAC categories
JUV039090 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | New Experience
JUV013000 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | General
JUV074000 - Juvenile Fiction | Diversity & Multicultural
Library of Congress categories
African Americans
Picture books

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