Rice & Rocks: Blog Tour, Giveaway & Book Review

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the charming children's book written by Sandra L. Richards and illustrated by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan, Rice & Rocks. The tour will run from August 23 - September 13, 2016.

About the Book

Title: Rice & RocksAuthor: Sandra L. Richards | Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing | Publication Date: August 23, 2016 Genre: Children's Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32


Book Description:  Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity. Giovanni's friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed he does not like 'rice and rocks' and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni's pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.

Take a look inside the book...

About the Author: Sandra L. Richards

Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity.

Learn more about Sandra at www.sandralrichards.com.

About the Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

Megan Kayleigh Sullivan graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 with a degree in Illustration. She is currently working as a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist, and aspires towards a career in the film and animation industry as a concept artist, character designer, or visual development artist (or d., all of the above). She enjoys traveling, writing, telling stories, and hula-hooping.

Visit her at www.357meg.com.

Book Review

Title: Rice & Rocks
Author: Sandra L. Richards /  Illustrated by: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Ages:  3 - 6
Print Length: 32 pages
ISBN-10: 1940014735
ISBN-13: 978-1940014739
Hardcover: $15.54
Source: PDF copy from author for  this tour
Reviewer: D.S. White

“I have not had red beans and rice since my last visit to N’Awlins. This is really good,” said Gabby, putting another spoonful in her mouth.
Aaron looked confused. “Are we celebrating something?”
“We are celebrating family, friends, and traditions,” I said. I grinned, glad that my friends liked rice and rocks. “It’s really nice to spend time with all of you.” - Pgs 31-32

Rice & Rocks is a beautifully illustrated, culturally diverse children's book centered around my favorite topic...food! In it the author infuses a bit of make believe to give us history lessons about the foods and family traditions of 4 different countries all while teaching the main character, Giovanni to eat his veggies and most importantly, to be proud of his family's traditions and the time he has to spend with them. I believe the above quote captures the heart of it for me.

Parents will enjoy reading it with/to their little ones because the illustrations compliment the story perfectly. This book will also work as a good conversation starter for acceptance of self and others for school age children.

I gave the book 4-1/2 mice

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: September 13, 11:59 pm, 2016
Open to: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Sandra L. Richards and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.


  1. Thank you for sharing your review. I agree, Rice & Rocks has amazing illustrations and I love how food seems to bring everyone together. A wonderfully diverse book indeed.

  2. Yes, the illustrations complimented the story instead of overshadowing it and all the talk of foods made me want to eat...a lot...lol.


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