Jump In!

This bright, joyful picture book celebrates a community at play!

It’s a sunny spring day, and the tic tac tic tac sound of jump ropes hitting the ground floats through the wind.

“Jump in!”

Everyone lines up for a turn. The Delancy twins, double dutch divas. Leroy Jones with the hip-hop tricks. Even Ms. Mabel, showing the youngstas how it’s done. And after a day of fun, when the street lights start to flicker, it’s time to . . . jump out!

With a bold graphic style, read-aloud enhancing gatefolds, and an exuberance that leaps off the page, acclaimed artist Shadra Strickland’s author/illustrator debut will make readers of all ages get up on their feet!


A 2024 Book All Georgians Should Read

A Kirkus Best Read Aloud of 2023

“A celebration of intergenerational community and play whose turns spotlight the strengths of both individuals and an inclusive, supportive, tight-knit community.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A moving, grooving snapshot of urban life where kids create the fun and beckon everybody in.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The innocence and joy of playground games burst from the pages of this celebration of neighborhood community, self-expression, and Double Dutch. . . .This exuberant read-aloud will get kids jumping.” Booklist

“Brimming with energy, the colorful textured digital paintings enhance the rhyming text. Strickland captures the sheer joy found in community play.” The Horn Book