The Hula Hoopin' Queen by Thelma Lynne Godin

The Hula Hoopin' Queen description:

Kameeka is confident that today is the day she will finally beat her rival, Jamara, and become the Hula Hoopin' Queen of 139th Street. But then Mama reminds her that today is also their neighbor Miz Adeline's birthday, and Kameeka has a ton of chores to do to get ready for the party they are hosting. Kameeka's disappointed to be stuck at home and can only think about hoopin' competition. Distracted, she accidentally ruins the birthday cake and has to confess to Miz Adeline there won't be a cake for her special day. But Miz Adeline confesses something too: she's also got the itch--the hula-hoopin' itch! Her fingers start snappin'. Her hips start swingin'. Soon everyone's hips are swinging as the party spills out onto the street. Now the whole neighborhood's got the itch--the hula-hoopin' itch! With vibrant illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, The Hula-Hoopin' Queen is a charming celebration of family and community ties. Set in Harlem, this intergenerational story shows the importance of staying young at heart.

The Hula Hoopin' Queen lesson plan & activities:

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