A is for Anacostia is a fun, colorful alphabet book for children of all ages. The story highlights the children and activities that take place in the Anacostia neighborhood, a vibrant community located in the southeastern quadrant of Washington, D.C.
While playing in the pool, dancing with Grandpop or floating on pancakes, the youngest residents of the neighborhood show how to have fun all day long! Vibrant illustrations show how neighbors teach, love, and learn from each other.
While written for children, A is for Anacostia also helps adults to remember what it’s like for “kids to be kids,” and offers a fresh take on this historic and dynamic neighborhood.
–Dr. Doran Gresham, Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University & Gratz College
–Charles Wilson, President of the Historic Anacostia Block Association (HABA)
About the Author
As the daughter of parents who valued reading, she was surrounded with books, magazines and opportunities to create stories. She has been an avid reader since she was a young girl. Eager to learn and following in her mother’s footsteps, she studied Special Education and graduated from Hampton University, and earned a M.A. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Davis now happily resides in the Historic Anacostia community in Washington, DC.
Anacostia is a vibrant community located east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. There are several historic landmarks in the area and one of the most popular is the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Within walking distance, there are fascinating art galleries and museums, including the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum and American Poetry Museum.
Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Good Hope Road are two historic gateways that lead residents and visitors to popular sites, like The Big Chair or a scenic view of the Anacostia River. Situated beside the waterway, the Anacostia Park houses the Aquatic Resources Education Center, Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion and the D.C. Recreation Center. On sunny days it is filled with familiar faces of children and families playing ball, roller skating, and enjoying the outdoors.