Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation

by Edwidge Danticat

Illustrations by Leslie Staub

Held at an immigration detention center, Saya’s mother records and sends Saya bedtime stories inspired by Haitian folklore. Saya then writes her own story—one that helps to bring her mother home. Author’s note. Full-color illustrations done in oil paint.

ISBN: 9780525428091

JLG Release: January 2016

JLG Member Price

Easy Reading Plus

Grades 1-3


14 books / $14.80 a book

  • Book Details




    Print Book


    Hardcover edition



    Page Count


    Trim Size

    10" x 10"

    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 3.9, Points: 0.5

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 4.7, Points: 2


    Level: NC890L

    Awards & Honors

    2016 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor Younger Children
    Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2015, Picture Books
    Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2015, Picture Books
    New York Public Library’s 100 Notable Titles for Reading and Sharing 2015, Children’s Books
    2016 CCBC Choices– Picture Books forSchool-Age Children
    2015 Cybils Award Nomination, Fiction Picture Books
    Best Multicultural Books of 2015
    Charlotte Zolotow, 2016 Highly Commended
    Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, Today



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