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Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship

1 Mar

34007179.jpgSynopsis: How can Irene and Charles work together on their fifth grade poetry project? They don’t know each other . . . and they’re not sure they want to.

Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is black, use this fictional setup to delve into different experiences of race in a relatable way, exploring such topics as hair, hobbies, and family dinners. Accompanied by artwork from acclaimed illustrators Sean Qualls and Selina Alko (of The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage), this remarkable collaboration invites readers of all ages to join the dialogue by putting their own words to their experiences.” (Taken from Goodreads)

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#blogbookaday: BunnyBear

14 Feb

2.jpgSummary:  “Although Bunnybear was born a bear, he feels more like a bunny. He prefers bouncing in the thicket to tramping in the forest, and in his heart he’s fluffy and tiny, like a rabbit, instead of burly and loud, like a bear. The other bears don’t understand him, and neither do the bunnies. Will Bunnybear ever find a friend who likes him just the way he is?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This is the story of a bear who feels like he was always meant to be a bunny and how the other bears and bunnies just don’t understand him – expect one, a little bunny who doesn’t fit in either. This sweet story of being you, finding your place in the world, and accepting differences would make a great read aloud for preschool and early elementary school age kids. The text is just adorable, with sentences like, “They were tiny and fluffy and bouncy, like Bunnybear’s heart.” and “Bunny whispers were one of BunnyBear’s favorite sounds.”

Personal Reaction: Between the adorable text and sweet, sweet illustrations, this is a story that needs to be on everyone’s shelf and is a truly a great story of acceptance and identity. It would work well in families, schools, and in the library and it might be fun to see what the kids come up with if they were to pick an animal and then combine it with another animal – what would the animal do, eat, look like – a fun project for sure!

Title: BunnyBear
Author: Andrea J. Loney
Illustrator: Carmen Saldaña
Publisher: Albert Whitman Company
Publication Date: January 31, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

ALA Youth Media Awards

13 Feb

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  • Newbery AwardHello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Caldecott Award –  Wolf in the Snow illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell
  • Coretta Scott King Author Award – Piecing Me Together written by Renée Watson
  • Coretta Scott King Illustrator AwardOut of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes
  • Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent AwardThe Stars Beneath Our Feet written by David Barclay Moore
  • Michael L. Printz Award – We Are Okay written by Nina LaCour
  • Schneider Family Book Award (young children) – Silent Days, Silent Dreams written and illustrated by Allen Say
  • Schneider Family Book Award (middle grades) – Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess written by Shari Green
  • Schneider Family Book Award (young adult) – You’re Welcome, Universe written and illustrated by Whitney Gardner
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award – The Murderer’s Ape written and illustrated by Jakob Wegelius
  • Odyssey AwardThe Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • Pura Belpré Award Author Award – Lucky Broken Girl written by Ruth Behar
  • Pura Belpré Award Illustrator Award – La Princesa and the Pea illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book AwardTwelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 written by Larry Dane Brimner
  • Stonewall Book AwardLittle & Lion written by Brandy Colbert and The 57 Bus written by Dashka Slater
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel AwardCharlie & Mouse written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes
  • William C. Morris Award – The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults – Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers written by Deborah Heiligman

Learn more about these awards by visiting the ALA website!

Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Book Love

13 Feb

Here’s a list of picture books that focus on love – perfect for Valentine’s Day (or any day you want to spread some love)!

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  1. Love by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Loren Long

  2. That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Teagan White

  3. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

  4. No Matter What by Emma Dodd

  5. Little You by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett

  6. One Love by Cedella Marley and Bob Marley

  7. Someday by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

  8. The I LOVE YOU Book by Todd Parr

  9. Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses by Jen Arena, illustrated by Blanca Gomez

  10. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

TTT-Big2Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

#blogbookaday: A Couch for Llama

8 Feb

35658992.jpgSummary:  “When a family finds a surprising new home for an old couch, a llama becomes the happiest creature of all. The Lago family really loves their couch. It’s perfect for reading, snuggling, playing, and jumping. But all good things must come to an end, and, one day, the family realizes the time has come to replace it. As they drive home with their brand-new bright-red couch, though, it gets knocked off the top of their car into a field . . . where a llama tries to make sense of this new thing. At first confused—It doesn’t talk! It doesn’t taste good! It doesn’t budge!—the llama soon realizes how comfy the couch is and settles right in. Can the family get its furniture back—and keep llama happy, too? Leah Gilbert has written and illustrated a warm picture book that touches both the heart and the funny bone.”(Taken from Goodreads)

Review: I love the description of the Lago’s family couch – so comfortable, well-loved and filled with memories because my family had a couch that was very similar! But, as the Lago family drives home with a new couch, it flies off the car and lands in a meadow with a llama who just isn’t too sure what to make of this new meadow-mate. After experimenting a little, the llama finds that he absolutely loves the couch, right when the family comes back to claim it. This adorable story will surely make the family giggle as the llama tries everything to better understand this couch! The illustrations are expressive and fun in a cartoon style – one of my favorite pictures is when the llama is eating the couch and all you see of the Canadian geese in the field is their heads – their eyes are so cute!

Personal Reaction: I thought this book was a lot of fun to read and I think that this would be a huge hit for preschool and early elementary age kids – giggles galore! Plus, when you’ve got an interracial family, it makes me that much more happy to see a book that’s about a family experience that could be any family. This is a fun story and who knows, maybe you can visit a llama farm to check out some real llamas after reading it! (keep an eye out for an old blue couch in the field if you go!)

Title: A Couch for Llama
Author: Leah Gilbert
Illustrator: Leah Gilbert
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Publication Date: February 6, 2018

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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