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Just When I Think…

25 Jan

28263.jpgJust when I think the kid lit world can’t get any better, Jason Reynolds is interviewed by Trevor Noah on The Daily Show and it’s everything I expected and more. If you haven’t seen the clip yet, watch it… NOW! (I’ll wait)—serving-young-readers-with–long-way-down-

As he stated, Jason has written nine books and each and every one is amazing in it’s own way. What I love about Jason is that he is very aware of what kids think will be cool or uncool, boring or interesting and he capitalizes on making sure his books are never boring. He’s written everything from contemporary YA literature to Miles Morales: Spiderman and middle grade titles sure to hook even the most reluctant readers.

In the interview Jason says, “I am in service to young people. They are not in service to me.” And this is what I think is so remarkable about Jason Reynolds and other children’s and young adult authors and illustrators – they care so much for the kids they right about and for. They aren’t doing this work for fame and fortune, they are doing it to make sure their readers know that they are seen and that people care about them.

And as for me, if I can promote these amazing authors and illustrators and get their books into the hands of kids in my community, then I’ve done my part to make this world just a little bit better.


Merry Christmas

25 Dec


If you’re looking for a few titles to share with your kids during the holiday season – check out Christmas Stories I Love to Read10 Read Aloud Titles for Christmas10 Picture Books about Santa16 Picture Books About Snow and 16 Picture Books About Snowmen.


Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Titles of 2017

12 Dec

I took the time to promote some titles that I haven’t seen as much buzz about (that also fit together as they all have blue-ish, green covers). I wanted to steer clear from some of the titles and authors that EVERYONE has heard about – Rick Riordan, Alan Gratz, Katherine Applegate, etc. And not that there’s anything wrong with those books – I loved them too, but I wanted to take the chance to promote a few titles that people might not have heard about – all of which would make great reads as we finish up 2017.

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  1. Elsie May Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  2. The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
  3. Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  4. Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
  5. Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
  6. The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
  7. The List by Patricia Forde
  8. Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar
  9. The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
  10. Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Picture Book Month: Artists & Painters

19 Nov

19I loved this inspirational story of an artist that I wasn’t familiar with – plus it’s written as a picture book biography making it extremely accessible to young readers. Horace Pippin was born in the late 1800s in West Chester, PA (right down the road from me!) and loved to draw with any supplies he could find around the house and neighborhood. Horace was shot during Word War I and when his arm healed, he found he couldn’t lift it on its own. After many years, Horace couldn’t ignore his passion for art any longer and worked hard to become stronger and eventually became a painter recognized by N.C. Wyeth, another local author. This is the story of a man who didn’t stop doing what he loved, even when he didn’t think he’d ever be able to do it again. Continue reading

Picture Book Month: Family

17 Nov

17A story about families in a round about sort of way. If you read the text, the books is really all about how important and special your skin is, but when you look closer at the illustrations this beautiful story shows such diverse characters, it’s fun to pour over all the characters and different families on the page. I loved looking at all the different skin tones, facial features and hairstyles in this story and not only that – all the different clothes the characters are wearing and the activities the kids are participating in. If you have an “untraditional” family (and I quote that because families can be so different and there’s nothing wrong with that), you’ve got to check out this great title!
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