Good News: IF YOU LOOK UP TO THE SKY, a Children’s Book for Girls of Color, Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018

If You Look Up to the Sky by Angela Dalton aims to diversify children’s literature and show young girls of color they deserve a place in this world.

Credit: Angela Dalton

(Oakland, CA) December 17, 2018 — Angela Dalton’s children’s book If You Look Up to the Sky was today named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018.

The book was written to provide young girls of color with a sense of hope and peace — and to remind them they, too, deserve a place in this world.

“In this stunning picture book debut from Dalton, strikingly painted by veteran illustrator Sikorskaia (Big Cat, Little Fox, 2018, etc.), a girl sees the wisdom in her grandmother’s words across a multitude of beautiful skyscapes.” – Kirkus Review

Published in the summer of 2017, If You Look Up to the Sky has since taken the children’s literature world by storm, receiving the following awards and recognition:

● 2018 Ben Franklin Gold for Best New Voice in Children’s/YA
● 2018 Ben Franklin Silver award for Children’s Book 4 to 7
● 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold for Children’s Book 7 & Under
● Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018
● Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Told by a grandmother to her grandchild, If You Look Up to the Sky is about the power of everlasting love and the ways the sky connects us through good times and bad. It offers a child comfort in knowing that you never need to be afraid…if you look up to the sky.

The inspiration came from Dalton’s own great-grandmother, Ma Brady. “It was important to me to write a story featuring a strong, main character who girls of color can see themselves and believe in. There is such a lack of diversity in children’s literature, especially for girls of color. It’s incredibly disappointing. But instead of being frustrated by it, I published this book to do something about it.”

“Fosters familial connection and resilience; told in luxurious prose with illustrations worth framing.” – Kirkus Review (starred review) 

Writing with tenderness and warmth, Dalton emphasizes that that there is comfort to be found in both the memories of lost loved ones and in the great expanse of the universe. – BookLife

“This book blew me away, truly! Not only are the words beautifully written, the illustrations are outstanding! If You Look Up to the Sky is definitely my new favorite bedtime book to read with my kids.” – Charnaie Gordon, Here Wee Read

“[If You Look Up to the Sky] inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into the world as they grow, explore, and begin to create hopes and dreams for themselves.” – Nicole Caudle, Grits and Grace Kids Lit

First time author Angela Dalton self-published If You Look Up to the Sky with Beaver’s Pond Press in her hometown of Edina, MN. Margarita Sikorskaia created the stunning illustrations.

If You Look Up to the Sky is available through Itasca Distribution and, as well as City Lights Booksellers (San Francisco), Walden Pond Books (Oakland), and to a bookseller near you via

About Angela Dalton
Angela Dalton was once a producer of websites, video games, and other cool things. She now spends her time writing stories that the universe inspires her to share. Midwestern born and raised, she currently lives in Oakland, California with her husband and son. If You Look Up to the Sky is her first children’s book. Learn more about her at

PS: There’s still time to offer this beautiful books as a Christmas gift for the little girls in your life! – Nathalie

#ImmigrationBookDrive: Wish List for the Immigration Detainees at the Yuba County Jail

Hi everyone,


This is a follow up from last week’s post. I thank everyone who reached out with suggestions of books to add to the list (we’re limited the amount we can deliver at this time), and who already donated books. If you haven’t heard from me, it’s because I haven’t been to my mailbox yet. I was, however, notified of each package’s arrival, and I will make sure to confirm that I received your donation.

Susan Lange from Faithful Friends  and I just finalized an Amazon wish list based in big part on the requests we received, and from the suggestions that you offered.

Faithful Friends is a grassroots visitation groups for people who are in immigration detention at the Yuba county jail. 

A Wish List has been set up on Amazon under “Book Drive for Immigration Detainees at the Yuba County Jail”.  You can access the list directly though this link: 
Please use the Shipping Address “Multiculturalism Rocks!” This is the address where the books will be collected, packed and brought to the jail. We hope you will consider donating a book or two!

If you wouldn’t mind, please share this post. We’re hoping to deliver the books ourselves before the holidays. A few will be mailed, so that they receive as many as we’re allowed to give.

Thank you again.

PS: For full disclosure, and here I’m wearing my pop-up bookstore hat, except for the joy of sharing books with avid readers in dire needs, I’m not benefitting in any way from this book drive.

If you would like to be involved in your state (visit immigrant detainees or otherwise advocate for their freedom), and help end immigration detention, please see below for a list of resources:

Freedom Network

Detention Watch Network

International Detention Coalition

Note: This post was originally published on Medium.