Samara Cole Doyon Small Elementary School Visit

Print: A Bookstore is excited to be coordinating sales for Samara Cole Doyon's school visit with Small Elementary May 3rd!

Headshot of Samara Cole DoyonSamara Cole Doyon is a second generation Haitian American living in the state of Maine–a region of unceded Wabanaki / Abenaki territory where half the roots of her family tree reside. She is a poet and educator, holding a BA in English, with graduate-level teacher training from the University of Southern Maine. She is also, of course, children’s book author, winning both a Lupine Award and an International Literacy Association Award for her debut picture book, Magnificent Homespun Brown (Tilbury House Publishers, January, 2020). Her second children’s book, Magic Like That (Lee & Low Books, September, 2021), made the Bookstagang Best Picture Books of 2021 list and has been selected as a feature in the Black Joy by Black Authors poster project by Spit Honey and Writing to Change the Narrative. Samara resides with her husband, two children, and rescue pup in Lewiston.

Cover image of MAGIC LIKE THAT featuring an illustration of a young black girl with clips and stars in her hairMagic Like That

In this celebration of Black Girl Magic, a young girl finds confidence and excitement in the versatility of her natural hair and the way her different hairstyles reflect the natural world.

Natural hair is magical, but magic isn't easy. As a young Black girl patiently waits for her mother to finish her newest hairstyle, she wonders what stunning, majestic, awe-inspiring form her hair will take next

With radiant illustrations by Geneva Bowers and beautiful, poetic text written by Samara Cole Doyon, Magic Like That will inspire young readers of all textures to believe in the beauty of their natural selves.

Cover image of MAGNIFICENT HOMESPUN BROWN featuring an illustration of a young black girl jumping in a pile of leavesMagnificent Homespun Brown

Maine Lupine Award Winner
A New York Public Library Best Picture Book of 2020
Coretta Scott King 2021 Honoree
A winner of the ILA 2021 Children’s and Young Adults’ Book Awards in the fiction category

Told by a succession of exuberant young narrators, Magnificent Homespun Brown is a story -- a song, a poem, a celebration -- about feeling at home in one’s own beloved skin.

With vivid illustrations by Kaylani Juanita, Samara Cole Doyon sings a carol for the plenitude that surrounds us and the self each of us is meant to inhabit.

If families are interested in purchasing copies of Ms. Doyon's books they can place an order with Print: A Bookstore.

Orders placed by Sunday, May 15th will include a book plate signed by Ms. Cole Doyon and distributed by the school. Please use the code SMALL and select "School Pick Up" while putting in shipping information and in the order comments please include the following information to ensure your order gets into the right hands:

  • Student Name

  • School Name

  • Grade

  • Classroom Teacher

If you do not include that information in the order comments, the books will be held at the store for you to pick up. 

Orders placed after Sunday, May 15th can either be mailed to your home or picked up at the bookstore in Portland.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our children's manager, Stephanie Heinz, at either or 207-536-4778.

Magic Like That Cover Image
By Samara Cole Doyon, Geneva Bowers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781643790701
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Lee & Low Books - September 7th, 2021

Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration Cover Image
ISBN: 9780884487975
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Tilbury House Publishers - January 7th, 2020