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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!


Shadra Strickland grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, with her mom and grandma and spent almost every day after school playing out in the sunshine! When she wasn't playing she was drawing and writing stories. After Shadra grew up she moved to New York to become an artist. Now she teaches other people how to draw and tell stories at the Maryland Institute College of Art. When she's not teaching, she enjoys playing with her dog, Lucky--who looks awfully like the dog in this book. She also travels around the world meeting new friends and inspiring them to share their own stories. Though Shadra has illustrated many stories for other people, this is the first time she has written and illustrated her own (


  • Publisher: ‎Bloomsbury Children's Books (January 31, 2023)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Hardcover: ‎32 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎1619635801
  • ISBN-13: ‎9781619635807
  • Reading age: ‎4 - 8 years
  • Grade level: ‎1 - 2
  • Item Weight: ‎1 pound
  • Dimensions: ‎8.46 x 1 x 11.02 inches
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