Lubaya’s Quiet Roar written by Marilyn Nelson and illustrated by Philemona Williamson not only addresses sensitive issues our society is facing today, but is a heartwarming story of a young girl with a vivid imagination. Lubaya’s Quiet Roar is likely to spark your child’s imagination as well as good conversation.

Lubaya’s Quiet Roar

Lubaya is a quiet child taking in all the information she hears. The back of her parents protest signs are the perfect place for Lubaya’s paintings. Lubaya paintings are eventually seen at a protest and recognized for their beauty and truth. In Swahili, Lubaya means “young lioness”.

Be sure to share this simple craft with your child after reading Lubaya’s Quiet Roar.


  • Orange, Yellow and Green construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Glue
  • Scissors


  1. Cut a large rectangle and a large circle out of the yellow construction paper.
  2. Cut several long strips out of the orange construction paper.
  3. Glue the yellow rectangle onto the green construction paper with the short end toward the bottom and in the middle of the green construction paper. Please refer to picture if needed.
  4. Glue the orange strips to the over the top of the yellow rectangle. Continue to glue them on until a you have a circle of orange strips.
  5. Glue the yellow circle directly in the middle of the orange strips.
  6. Draw a nose, eyes and mouth on the yellow circle, as illustrated in the picture above.
  7. Draw feet and a tail. Be creative and add your own spin to your lion.