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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/15/17

15 May

25226116.jpgThis weekend was all about gardening and Mother’s Day! I took Friday off, which resulted in me gardening for most of the day – not just putting in new plants, but pulling out old plants, taking garden waste down to the park and then planting the new plants and re-doing the stone border around the flower beds. And the thing is – I haven’t even gotten most of my plants yet (which just means there is more gardening in my future). Granted, I’ve ignored my flower beds in front of the house for the past few years, so this project is long-overdue!

Saturday it rained all day, so I did some errands, cleaned the house and took a long nap, plus did a little reading. And Sunday was spent celebrating Mother’s Day with my boyfriend and his mom – it was a lovely day, but only a a little reading got done Sunday morning.

I finished up Here We Are: 44 Voices Write, Draw and Speak About Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen. I found this to be extremely thought-provoking and education, but in a really approachable way – feminism can often have a incorrect connotation attached to it and this book really opens up a lot of points for discussion that I really enjoyed. I’ll post a full review later this week. I didn’t get to crack open Love, Ish by Karen Rivers, but I’ll be working through this book during the week.


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/8/17

8 May

30753996.jpgI got a good amount of reading done this week, that is until I left my current book at the gym on Thursday… and although they found it, the person who picked it up, wasn’t back in until today, which means hopefully I can pick it up tonight or tomorrow – seriously put a damper into my reading life this weekend. Continue reading

30 Non-Fiction Titles & Biographies for Black History Month

17 Feb

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I’m working on a few other Black History Month booklists, but I’m in need of some help with a few questions, so while I’m doing some research, I thought I’d at least get a chance to promote some non-fiction and biographies. Although thirty titles seems like so many, there are so many more options available out there, I could never fit them all in one blog post!

  1. Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown and illustrated by Frank Morrison

  2. Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier and illustrated by Lori Lohstoeter

  3. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Ekua Holmes

  4. Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews and illustrated by Bryan Collier

  5. When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Muñoz Ryan and illustrated by Brian Selznick

  6. The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris Barton and illustrated by Don Tate

  7. Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Jamey Christoph
  8. Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

  9. Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills by Renée Watson and illustrated by Christian Robinson

  10. One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
  11. Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter

  12. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls

  13. The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  14. Rosa by Nikki Giovanni and illustrated by Bryan Collier
  15. Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  16. Jazz by by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Christopher Myers
  17. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale

  18. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  19. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

  20. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko and illustrated by Sean Qualls

  21. A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jennifer Fisher Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  22. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

  23. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Elspeth Leacock, Susan Buckley, and illustrated by P.J. Loughran

  24. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney
  25. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier
  26. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  27. Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate
  28. Courage Has Not Color: the True Story of the Triple Nickels, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone
  29. We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
  30. March Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell

2016 CYBILS Awards

15 Feb

The awards have been announced! The CYBILS (Children’s and Young Adult Blogger’s Literary Awards) are announced on February 14th of each year. The award began in 2009 to “recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.” The categories include:

  • Audiobooks
  • Book Apps (Currently Inactive)
  • Early Chapter Books
  • Easy Readers
  • Fiction Picture Books & Board Books
  • Graphic Novels
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade
    • Young Adult
  • Middle-Grade Fiction
  • Nonfiction
    • Juvenile/Elementary
    • Middle-Grade/Young Adult
  • Poetry
  • Speculative Fiction
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade
    • Young Adult
  • Young Adult Fiction

And now, for the winners of the 2016 CYBILS, congratulations!

2016 CYBILS.pngAudiobooks – The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz
Read by Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Adam Gidwitz, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, and Arthur Morey.
Listening Library

Board Books – Cityblock (Alphablock)
by Christopher Franceschelli, illustrated by Peskimo
Harry N Abrams

Early Chapter Books – Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One)
by Polly Faber, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy
Candlewick Press

Easy Reader – Snail and Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends
by Tina Kugler
HMH Books for Young Readers

Elementary Non-Fiction – Giant Squid
by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Roaring Brook Press

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels – Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (Book 2) (Lowriders in Space)
by Cathy Camper and Raúl the Third
Chronicle Books

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction – Shadow Magic
by Joshua Khan
Disney-Hyperion

Fiction Picture Books – A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals
by Lucy Ruth Cummins
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Juvenile Non-Fiction – Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White
by Melissa Sweet
Harcourt

Middle Grade Fiction – Ghost (Track)
by Jason Reynolds
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Middle Grade Non-Fiction – Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
by Caren Stelson
Carolrhoda Books

Poetry The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
by Laura Shovan
Wendy Lamb Books

Young  Adult Fiction – Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
Philomel

Young Adult Graphic Novels – March: Book Three
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Top Shelf Productions

Young Adult Non-Fiction – Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea
by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland
Amulet

Young Adult Speculative Fiction – Illuminae
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Nonfiction 10 for 10

10 Feb

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I decided to go with books published in the last year – there are so many nonfiction titles available these days! I love how accessible nonfiction has become for kids. I also chose books that have won some type of award (CYBILS, Nerdies, etc.) and were not solely biographies (that could be an entirely different list). When I was growing up, it was often text-heavy with bad black and white photographs, now nonfiction picture books are bright and exciting to read!

  1. Pink Is For Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals by Jess Keating
  2. Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer
  3. Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari
  4. Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy
  5. Around America To Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles by Mara Rockliff
  6. Giant Squid by Candace Fleming
  7. The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond
  8. The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation by Gilbert Ford
  9. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton
  10. Animals By the Numbers: A Book of Animal Infographics by Steve Jenkins

 

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