Twelve Dinging Doorbells


“Brown cleverly turns an old tune into a modern, energetic romp. A new classic that will ease children through any holiday season.”
— Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW


A cumulative all-holiday carol packed to the brim with family, food, love, and joy! Especially perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, graduations, reunions, and all family celebrations.

Every holiday, aunties, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and neighbors come over to eat, sing, and celebrate life. But all our main character can think about is the sweet potato pie Granny makes just for her. As tables fill with baked macaroni and cheese, chitlins, and other sides a-steaming, she and Granny move the pie to keep it intact. The task becomes trickier as the room grows with dancing and card games and pie cravings. Just when all seems lost and there’s no more pie, Granny pulls out a sweet surprise.

Written to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Twelve Dinging Doorbells is exuberant. Author Tameka Fryer Brown’s cumulative rhyme is impossible to resist, and the humorous details in Ebony Glenn’s cut-paper collage will welcome readers to this party again and again.

“Revamping ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ to sweetly bustling effect, Fryer Brown pens a lively refrain recounting a Black family gathering’s doorbell dings…a lovingly chaotic portrayal with a pleasingly ample feel.”–Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“This vibrant celebration of African American families, fun, and culture will be a great addition to library collections.”–School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Twelve Dinging Doorbells
by Tameka Fryer Brown, illustrated by Ebony Glenn
Publisher: Kokila
Publication Date: October 18, 2022
ISBN:  9781984815170