A Story About Afiya


Written by JAMES BERRY | Illustrated by ANNA CUNHA

Some people have dresses for every occasion but Afiya needs only one. Her dress records the memories of her childhood, from roses in bloom to pigeons in flight, from tigers at the zoo to October leaves falling. A joyful celebration of a young girl’s childhood, written by the late Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning Jamaican poet James Berry.

Northern Lights Book Awards Picture Book of the Year
USBBY Outstanding International Books 2021
New York Times, 25 Best Children's Books of 2020
A Guardian Children's Book of the Month

'A joyous celebration of childhood, culture and place' – The New York Times

'A book to treasure' – Books for Keeps, 5 STARS

'An exquisite celebration of the simple magic of childhood' – Shelf Awareness

'Gorgeous' – School Library Journal

'A unique and beautiful combination of poetic story and expressive art' – Kirkus Reviews

'Anna Cunha has reimagined the poem and created an enchanting fantasy landscape for Afiya's adventures. A wonderful weaving together of two imaginations' – Myra Barrs