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#blogbookaday: Teddy’s Favorite Toy

21 Apr

Teddys Favorite Toy.jpgSummary:  “A mom goes to great lengths to rescue her son’s favorite doll in this delightful tribute to treasured toys—and mothers.

Teddy has a lot of cool toys. But his very favorite doll has the best manners, the sickest fighting skills, and a fierce sense of style.

Then one morning, something truly awful happens. And there’s only one woman fierce enough to save the day. Can Teddy’s mom reunite Teddy with his favorite toy?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: GASP. Teddy’s favorite toy is a doll and although that can be a problem for some parents, I enjoyed how well this story integrated his doll in with all of his other toys. I also loved that what Teddy loves most about Bren-da is also similar to how awesome his mom is when rescuing his favorite toy.

Personal Reaction: I liked the overall story, especially because it didn’t focus on Teddy’s favorite toy being a doll, more so his favorite toy doing all this great stuff and then him losing her. And although the mom being able to retrieve Bren-da from the garbage truck is far-fetched, I loved to what lengths she went to find her son’s favorite toy. I worry that sayings like, “Yass Queen!” will date this book very quickly, but overall, I enjoyed the story and think it’s a great one to have on the shelf.

Title: Teddy’s Favorite Toy
Author: Christian Trimmer
Illustrator: Madeline Valentine
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 27, 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!


28 Social Justice Titles in YA Lit

23 Feb

It doesn’t seem like teens these days need any inspiration to fight to protect their rights as they’re demanding their voices be heard over gun control laws in America. But, it never hurts to read about people who may be different than you, so grab a title from this list to explore social justice themes like class, race, gender, sexuality, and more!

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  1. 101 Changemakers – Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History by Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran
  2. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
  3. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
  5. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  6. Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt
  7. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
  8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  9. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen
  10. How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  11. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai (Author),‎ Patricia McCormick
  12. If I Ever Get Out Of Here by Eric Gansworth
  13. The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne
  14. The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson
  15. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  16. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Peréz
  17. March Trilogy by Congressman John Lewis
  18. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  19. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  20. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
  21. Refugee by Alan Gratz
  22. Saints and Misfits by SK Ali
  23. Sold by Patricia McCormick
  24. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  25. This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne
  26. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights by Elspeth Leacock (Adapter),‎ Susan Buckley (Adapter),‎ Lynda Blackmon Lowery
  27. Tyrell by Coe Booth
  28. X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want My Future Children to Read

14 Nov

There are so many amazing books available to kids in this day and age. It was hard to pick just ten, but I focused on ten titles that show a wide diversity in terms of culture, gender, race, ability, socioeconomic status and more. It’s important for kids to see all different type of people in books and I think these titles are a great place to start for middle grade readers looking for diversity.


  1. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  2. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  3. Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  4. The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
  5. George by Alex Gino
  6. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  7. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
  8. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
  9. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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

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