Featured books by Carmen Agra Deedy

14 Cows for America

By: Carmen Agra Deedy
Illustrated by: Thomas Gonzalez
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

This is the true story of a touching gift bestowed on the United States by a tribe of Maasai Warriors in the wake of the September 11th attacks. Accompanied by richly hued illustrations, this story of generosity and compassion crosses boundaries, nations, and cultures.

Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale

By: Carmen Agra Deedy, Randall Wright
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Dickens's England comes to life from the perspective of an alley cat.

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach

By: Carmen Agra Deedy
Illustrated by: Michael Austin
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales

A sweet and witty retelling of the Cuban folktale. Martina the beautiful cockroach doesn’t know coffee beans about love and marriage. That’s where her Cuban family comes in. While some of the Cucarachas offer her gifts to make her more attractive, only Abuela, her grandmother, gives her something really useful: un consejo increíble, some shocking advice.

The Library Dragon

By: Carmen Agra Deedy
Illustrated by: Michael P. White
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Sunrise Elementary School's new librarian is Miss Lotta Scales, a fire-breathing dragon who fiercely guards her new books. When a nearsighted child enters the unused facility and begins reading aloud, other children wander in, and Miss Scales realizes that kids don't necessarily damage books. The text is filled with dragon-related puns.

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

By: Carmen Agra Deedy
Illustrated by: Eugene Yelchin
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales

La Paz is a happy, but noisy village. A little peace and quiet would make it just right. So the villagers elect the bossy Don Pepe as their mayor. Before long, singing of any kind is outlawed. But there is one noisy rooster who doesn't give two mangos about this mayor's silly rules. Instead, he does what roosters were born to do. This allegory celebrates the spirit of freedom, and the courage of those who are born to sing at any cost.

The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark

By: Carmen Agra Deedy
Illustrated by: Henri Sorensen
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

A recreation of the legend of King Christian X of Denmark, inspired by the bravery of the Danes and their king during World War II. An author's note shares more information on King Christian X, the efforts of Danes to help Jews throughout the country, and discussion questions about the origins of legends.

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