Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity.
Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed—he does not like “rice and rocks” and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.
About the author
SANDRA L. RICHARDS is a debut picture book author. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Learn more at http://sandralrichards.com.
About the illustrator
Megan Kayleigh Sullivan graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 with a degree in Illustration. She is currently working as a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist, and aspires towards a career in the film and animation industry as a concept artist, character designer, or visual development artist (or d., all of the above). She enjoys traveling, writing, telling stories, and hula-hooping. Visit her at her website.
Praise for Rice & Rocks
"Rice and Rocks has something, literally, for every child. It teaches the joy of sharing and bonding over mealtime, and the universality of celebrating holidays with traditional food (in this case, the same dish). Rice and Rocks takes me back to when I was a girl in New Orleans. Stories that combined exciting fantasy with sound life lessons remain vivid in my memory, as this one will." - Donna Brazile, Syndicated columnist and author of Cooking with Grease
“Rice and Rocks is a must-read for youngsters developing their convictions, their sense of self, and for learning about the importance of different cultures in our society.” - Daniel Quintero, Executive Director, Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club
"I love a Monday night in New Orleans eating red beans and rice, just like the Sunday night tradition in Jamaica described in Rice and Rocks. Sandra Richards captures the heart of those traditions—and similar traditions across the world—in a way that reminds us how similar we all, no matter where we’re from. And that the main character plays the best instrument in the world—the trumpet—wasn’t a bad call, either! I highly recommend this book.” - Irvin Mayfield, Grammy and Billboard Award-winning artist, founding artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra