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School event? Ball game? Nana is there.

But who will cheer on Nana after she takes a tumble?

A sweet and spirited intergenerational story.

Nana cheers the loudest at her grandson’s

basketball game. She dances in the aisles at
the spring concert. She yells at the umpire
that he needs to get his eyes checked when
he doesn’t call the strikes her grandson
pitches. But when this go-go-go grandmother
takes a tumble trying to get a front-row seat
at the basketball game, it’s her grandson who
roots her on in her recovery. Author Ann
Stott celebrates our families’ biggest fans in a
lively first-person narrative from the
grandchild’s point of view. Andrew Joyner’s
illustrations are as energetic and upbeat as
Nana, who sparks much comic action, purse
On sale August 4, 2020
by her side. Filled with humor and heart, HC: 978-0-7636-9560-6 • $16.99 ($22.99 CAN)
this tale will have readers—especially Ages 3–7 • 32 pages
grandparents and their grandchildren—
whistling and woo-hoo-ing!

About the Creators

Ann Stott is the author of Want to Play Trucks?, illustrated
by Bob Graham; What to Do When You’re Sent to Your
Room, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin; and Always and I’ll
Be There, both illustrated by Matt Phelan. She is also a
creative director and children’s book designer. Ann Stott
lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Andrew Joyner is an internationally published illustrator

and author. His books include Bear Make Den by Jane
Godwin and Michael Wagner and The Terrible Plop by
Ursula Dubosarsky. He lives in South Australia.

Illustrations © 2020 by Andrew Joyner

The Nanas Who Inspired This Book

From the Author, Ann Stott:

My nana had six daughters: my aunts Margie, Mary, Teresa, Barbara, and Agnes, and my mom, Gertrude—
my children’s grandmother. The nana in this book is a combination of all of these loving, funny, fierce, and
sweet women. They were our greatest grand fans. They had an unwavering belief in our abilities and
showered us with love. I didn’t realize until I was a mom myself and observed my mother’s relationship
with her grandchildren just how pure that love was. It could not be contained and was freely given—
whether you wanted it or not! My book is filled with examples of my family’s
intergenerational “grand fan love.” My son still tells the
story of how his football coach told him to get his
grandmother off the sidelines. (She didn’t take it well.)
Like the nana in this book, my mom was a basketball
referee, but I don’t think she or any of her sisters had the
opportunity to do yoga. Although I bet it would be
Author Ann Stott with her nana
something my late aunt Aggie would surely have tried!
Author’s son with his nana

From the Illustrator, Andrew Joyner:

My nana taught me blackjack. We never played for real money, of course, just
matchsticks mixed with the occasional old penny. She always won.

I was lucky to live with Nana for a couple of years. It was the last two years of
high school, when my twin brother and I moved from our small school in the
Illustrator’s nana and grandpa Australian countryside to a big city school. Nana and Grandpa’s house was right
next to the beach, so most evenings I would go for a walk with Nana, through the
suburban streets and then back along the beach sand before the tide came in too far. I don’t remember
much of what we talked about, although we talked constantly. What I do remember is her happiness and
kindness, and the youthful sense of energy and optimism that she always had about her. Plus, she loved
my drawings—I was always drawing—and when I was very young I even remember her giving me an
impromptu, but very useful, lesson in shading and tone. I still think of it today.

Praise for Want to Play Trucks? by Ann Stott

“Conveys a positive message
about inclusiveness and
compromise. . . . Embraces the
freedom of imaginative play.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“A welcome addition to the

collection of picture books that
challenge gender stereotypes.”
—School Library Journal

HC: 978-0-7636-8173-9 • $15.99 ($21.99 CAN) • Ages 3–7 • 32 pages

Illustrations © 2020 by Andrew Joyner