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.
Gold Medal Winner in the Interior Design: 3 or more Color: Children’s/Young Adult category of the 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards
Silver Medal Winner in the Best New Voice: Children’s/Young Adult category of the 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards
First Place Winner in the Children’s category of the 2017 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Winner in the Book Cover Design – Children’s Picture Book category of the 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards
Winner in the Children’s (Early to intermediate readers) category of the 2017 Indie Reader Discovery Awards
Finalist in the Picture Book – All Ages category of the 2017 National Indie Excellence Awards
Finalist in the Children’s Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction category of the 2016 USA Best Book Awards
“Deftly written by Sandra L. Richards and beautifully illustrated by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan, Rice & Rocks is an exciting picture book story that celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together. Especially recommended for young readers ages 6 to 12, Rice & Rocks is very highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.” – Midwest Book Review
“A beautiful, amusing tribute to family traditions.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Rice and Rocks by Sandra L. Richards is a stunning, heartwarming children’s book…Children will enjoy reading this book again and again.” – Readers’ Favorite
“Rice & Rocks is a loving tribute to tradition, family, and cross-cultural connections, which will add warmth, color, and beauty to any young child’s bookshelf.” – IndieReader
“This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.” – Aysh of Word ‘n’ Needles
“The imagination is very intense…The message of comparing and finding similarities in different cultures is a great one and this book does it perfectly!!” – Carrie of Crafty Moms Share