I saw family and friends I hadn’t seen for a long time – Eloise Greenfield

A recap of events honouring Eloise Greenfield (Childtimes Week and Eloise Greenfield Day)

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We were thrilled to learn that events honouring Eloise Greenfield, author of our latest book Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Meat Sankofa Video Books & Cafe were a huge success. Read a lovely article about it written by Balkin Buddies:

“We were happy to embrace Ms. Greenfield for the pioneering work she has done in the world of African American literature for children,” said Shirikiana Gerima, co-owner of Sankofa. “When young people see her work and realize she spent almost all of her life right here in D.C., they can imagine themselves walking in her shoes one day.”

Eloise Greenfield was as happy with Sankofa Video and Books & Cafe as the store owner was with her. “Everything was absolutely wonderful,” Eloise said. “Monica [her daughter] and I walked in behind a procession of African drummers and children performing an African dance. There was a sizable audience, including family members and childhood friends that I hadn’t seen for a long time. Jan [Jan Spivey Gilchrist, the illustrator of a majority (29) of her books] couldn’t attend, but her beautiful tribute was read. The mayor sent a representative who presented a proclamation [that is, the Declaration of April 22, 2018 as Eloise Greenfield Day]. I autographed many books. It was a wonderful day.”

Childtimes (A Three-Generation Memoir) and Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me, by Eloise Greenfield

“The event was wonderful,” agreed Shirikiana Gerima, adding “wonderful from the time Ms. Greenfield was escorted to the stage by the drummers and dancers of Farafina Kan to the original arrangement and performance of “Honey I Love,” by Munit Mesfin, to the presentation of three of Ms. Greenfield’s poems by three elementary school children! And of course, the clips from the oral histories collected during the week were a treat. The mother-daughter conversation between Ms. Greenfield and her daughter Monica was illuminating; and Ms. Greenfield’s talk about her life was so interesting. The whole event was a rich and rewarding experience. Speaking quite subjectively as a member of the audience, I was deeply moved.”


Hearing about this event just reminds us of what an honour it has been working with the wonderful Eloise Greenfield on our latest book Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me. We are so excited to continue to work with her during exciting events happening at Edinburgh International Book Festival. Keep your eyes peeled for more details.  

  • Read a fab interview with Eloise Greenfield
  • Check out this introduction to Thinker by Achuka
  • Take a look at Eloise Greenfield explaining how Thinker began

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Thinker is one of the best kids books this summer!

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We are thrilled that The Scotsman have named Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me as one of the ‘Best Kids Books for the Summer’! In their list of the best books on offer to younger readers, Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me is suggested to readers aged 6-9 years. Read their wonderful review below!

Explore the playful side of poetry with your child in Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (Tiny Owl, £9.99). When Jace meets his new puppy, they realise that they both love to speak in poems, creating a lovely collection of rhymes, haikus and raps as they experiment with language together. Eloise Greenfield’s lively text and Ehsan Abdollahi’s vibrant,
collage-style illustrations combine in a
celebration of art and words which is perfect for sharing aloud.


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