Lee & Low Books
Grades K-2, 32 pages

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  • Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
  • Junior Library Guild Selection

Sunday Shopping

by Sally Derby (Author), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator)

Overflowing with whimsy and a sweet grandmother-granddaughter relationship, this picture book is a joyous celebration of imagination, family love, and making a lot out of what you've got.

Sunday nights are special for Evie and Grandma.

That’s when they go on their weekly shopping spree. Grandma flips open the newspaper to see what s advertised, and the imaginary tour of neighborhood stores begins. Toting a wallet filled with colorful pretend bills, Evie and Grandma take turns “buying” whatever catches their fancy. A big chunk of ham, a sofa with a secret, and a dress with spangles are just a few of the treasures they purchase. Most special of all is the jewelry box Evie chooses for the gold heart necklace Mama gave her before leaving to serve in the army and the bouquet of flowers Evie leaves as a surprise for Grandma.


“Both old-fashioned and fresh-feeling, this book is thoroughly worthy of a shopping trip.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Notable for its honoring of tradition and aspiration; matter-of-fact, loving treatment of a custodial grandparent; and energetic illustrations that will inspire creative imitators.”
The Horn Book

“VERDICT A splendid choice for collections in need of picture books that feature African American characters, but, more significantly, a lovely title that celebrates imagination and the importance of family.”
—School Library Journal