About the Author
JANET COSTA BATES has been recognized by Highlights for Children as an Author of the Month. Her prize—winning fiction has been published in Highlights and Pockets magazine. Seaside Dream, the recipient of a Lee & Low New Voices Award Honor, is her first book. The story was inspired by her grandmother, who came to the United States from Cape Verde. Bates lives with her family in Canton, Massachusetts.
LAMBERT DAVIS has illustrated numerous books for children. Born in Hawaii and having spent many years on the coast of California, Davis is often inspired to create artwork that captures the beauty of the ocean. When he is not painting, he enjoys surfing, sailing, and traveling. Davis now lives with his wife and two sons on the southeastern coast of Australia.
Grandma’s house is overflowing with family and friends. Tomorrow is Grandma’s birthday, and everyone is getting ready for the beachside party. Cora can’t wait—but what will she give Grandma? She can’t think of anything special enough. Cora knows her grandmother still misses her home country, Cape Verde. Could Cora’s gift help her reconnect with faraway family she has not seen in decades? After a nighttime walk on the beach with Grandma, Cora has a dream that sparks an idea for the perfect birthday present— one that both of them will always remember. Seaside Dream is a loving celebration of the strength of family bonds that transcend age and distance. Set in a lush, coastal neighborhood, this touching, intergenerational story warmly depicts the treasured relationship between a child and a grandparent and the joy of giving from the heart.