Lola’s Nana-Bibi Comes to Visit

by Chandra Sundeep
cover image of Lola's Nana-Bibi Comes to Visit by Anna McQuinn

Lola’s Nana-Bibi Comes to Visit is the latest addition to the Lola Reads series. Written by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, this is a delightful picture book that every early reader will enjoy.

Little Lola’s granny, Nana-Bibi, is coming to visit from Tanzania. Lola is excited and looking forward to the family fun to begin. The family has a fun filled week as they dance, cook, shop, and share stories together. The three generations of women, grandmother, mother, and Lola, even braid each other’s hair.

The big-sized fonts, easy-to-understand vocabulary, brief text on each page, and number of pages make this book perfect for early readers. Beardshaw’s illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the story. They are pleasing and appealing and highlight the culture and setting in a fitting manner.

The book’s beauty lies in its simplicity. There is nothing complex or difficult to understand here. McQuinn knows what her young readers want and has adapted the story to their preferences. This is an excellent resource to spread the message of love and teach cultural diversity.

Lola’s Nana-Bibi Comes to Visit is a story infused with love, warmth, simplicity, and the beauty of familial ties. It would be a lovely read-out-aloud book, and even pre-schoolers and toddlers would enjoy this story.

Wordsopedia Rating 5/5

I received a free copy of this book from Charlesbridge Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Title: Lola’s Nana-Bibi Comes to Visit Author: Anna McQuinn
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing Publication date: April 11, 2023
Genre: Fiction–Picture Book Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781623543358 No. of Pages: 32

About the author

Anna McQuinn is the author of over 20 books for children, including Wanda’s Washing Machine (Tiger Tales). She also works part-time as a librarian, running family book groups. Anna lives in Slough, England.

Get in touch with the author on her website.

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