I Gotta Sing!
Alice Faye Duncan
Genres: Children’s
Release Date: July 9, 2024

ISBN-10: ‎0593578260
ISBN-13: ‎978-0593578261

Book Summary:
Sing along with Big Baby Jenkins, Pop Charlie, Great Nana, and a crew of farm animals as they shout for joy to this rendition of an African American spiritual!

From the author and illustrator team that brought you This Train Is Bound for Glory comes another riveting interpretation of a beloved African American spiritual, “I’m Goin’ a Sing When the Spirit Says Sing,” featuring farm animals. With illustrations that pop off the page, rhythmic text, and onomatopoeia for the youngest reader, I Gotta Sing! delivers a lively story that will quickly become a family favorite.

Hezekiah Big Baby Jenkins runs from the breakfast table to the farmyard begging Pop Charlie to sing. As he plucks his diddley bow, Pop Charlie smiles and invites the animals and Big Baby to join in the music.

I gotta sing when the Spirit says sing.
I gotta sing when the Spirit says sing.
I gotta sing when the Spirit says sing.
and shout in the Spirit of joy!

Before long, the rowdy crew are singing, mooing, oinking, and clapping along to the toe-tapping tune. But when Great Nana calls that it’s bath time because “warm water and bubbles won’t last all day,” will the party end? Or will Pop Charlie snap snap snap the tempo back to life?

The lyrics of “I’m Goin’ a Sing When the Spirit Says Sing” have evolved across the ages. At the end of the book readers will find an invitation to write a version of the song for a new generation.


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About The Author

Alice Faye Duncan writes for the love of music and the inspiringmagic of words. Some of her picture books include Opal Lee andWhat It Means to Be Free, Evicted!, and Memphis, Martin, and theMountaintop, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Alice lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Books by Alice Faye Duncan