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Book Review of From Here to There: Inventions that Changed the Way the World Moves by Vivian Kirkfield

Written by Vivian Kirkfield and illustrated by Gilbert Ford, From Here to There: Inventions That Changed the Way the World Moves is a juvenile non-fiction book about twelve transportation visionaries. Brothers Joseph and Étienne Montgolfier flew like birds in a hot air balloon. Karl Drais came up with the Laufmaschine, the bicycle. George Stephenson imagined a way to transport coal and people and worked hard … Continue reading Book Review of From Here to There: Inventions that Changed the Way the World Moves by Vivian Kirkfield

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Book Review of Beauty Woke

A Puerto Rican family welcomes a beautiful baby girl named Beauty. As Beauty grows up, her big familia teaches her to be proud of her heritage. Beauty is a Boricua with Taíno Indian and African ancestors, so her Abuela encourages her to “stay onyx, stay gold.” But one day, Beauty hears the news saying hurtful words about other Hispanics. When it is time for the … Continue reading Book Review of Beauty Woke

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Picture Books About Dreams

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream” speech, 1963. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., here is a list of picture books about dreams. Dream Street … Continue reading Picture Books About Dreams

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Book Review of Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Daunis Fontaine is a mixed eighteen-year-old who has trouble fitting in Sault Ste. Marie, her hometown, and Sugar Island, where her paternal Firekeeper family members live. Daunis is dealing with the tragic loss of her maternal uncle and taking care of her maternal grandmother when she starts a friendship with Jamie, the new hot member of her brother Levy’s hockey team. She begins to develop … Continue reading Book Review of Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

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Author Spotlight: Frances Díaz Evans

Written by Frances Díaz Evans and illustrated by Alejandra López, Coco la cotorra puertorriqueña (Spanish Edition) is the story of Coco, a bilingual Puerto Rican parrot freed in El Yunque after growing up in captivity. Coco is excited about living in the rainforest and finding a family, but his squawking differs from the parrots born in nature. Will Coco make it in the rainforest? Today … Continue reading Author Spotlight: Frances Díaz Evans

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Book Review of Lotería by Karla Arenas Valenti

In Oaxaca City, best friends, Life and Death, play their annual game of Lotería. Without knowing it, Clara has been chosen by Life and Death as the pawn of their game. If Life wins, Clara will have a long life. If Death wins, Clara dies. After tragedy strikes, Esteban, Clara’s cousin, goes missing. Clara will do everything in her power to find and save her … Continue reading Book Review of Lotería by Karla Arenas Valenti

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Book Review of Questions for Rebel Girls by Rebel Girls

Written by Rebel Girls, Questions for Rebel Girls is an inspiring non-fiction book for middle graders with more than 500 questions based on famous women’s work and life experiences in history. Ada Lovelace, Mae Jemison, Jill Tarter, Mary Edwards Walker, Marjane Satrapi, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Gloria Estefan, Young Jean Lee, Frida Kahlo, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Grace O’Malley are among the many women featured in the … Continue reading Book Review of Questions for Rebel Girls by Rebel Girls

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Book Review of Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland

It is 1922 in Georgia. Ophelia and her mother leave their small house in the countryside after a group of white men killed Ophie’s father and burned their house. Ophie saw her first ghost—her father—that same night. They move to Pittsburgh with old Aunt Rose and some mean cousins and find jobs as maids at Daffodil Manor, a haunted mansion owned by the Caruthers family. … Continue reading Book Review of Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland

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Book Review of Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina

Meg Medina won the Newbery Medal for her middle-grade novel Merci Suárez Changes Gears, a story of a sixth-grader girl dealing with her abuelo Lolo’s newly discovered disease and a bossy classmate named Edna Santos. Merci and her close-knit Latino family won our hearts, and they are back in Merci Suárez Can’t Dance. Merci is in seventh grade now, and Miss McDaniels puts her and … Continue reading Book Review of Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina

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Hispanic Picture Books for All Year Long

National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place between September 15 and October 15 of every year to commemorate the cultures, achievements, contributions of Hispanics/Latinos/Latinx in the United States. Articles, activities, festivals, promotions, exhibitions, and much more focus on the Hispanic population during this month. As a Hispanic, I am all for celebrating this month. However, I firmly believe that we should celebrate Hispanics all year long … Continue reading Hispanic Picture Books for All Year Long

Book Review of Dino Pajama Party by Laurie Wallmark

As a historian and a picture book enthusiast, I love dinosaurs. So when it was time for me to pick my #50PreciousWords prize (I was one of the ’22 winners), it was a no-brainer to choose Laurie Wallmark’s Dino Pajama Party. She was super nice and sent me the book right away, and she even signed it and included cool bookmarks. Different kinds of dinos … Continue reading Book Review of Dino Pajama Party by Laurie Wallmark

Book Review of Gouda Friends by Cathy Yardley

After her life falls apart, Tam calls Josh, her BFF, and utters the word goldfish. Although a long time has passed since they have been close, Josh does everything in his power to help Tam rebuild her life, just like she did for him in the past. When Tam arrives back home, Josh also offers her to stay in his house for a few weeks … Continue reading Book Review of Gouda Friends by Cathy Yardley

#SpringFlingKidLit 2022 Contestant

It is my first year participating in the #SpringFlingKidLit Writing Contest, hosted by Ciara O’Neal and Kaitlyn Sanchez. I am excited with joy about it, as I love flowers and butterflies. The prizes are awesomeeeee. Thanks to the wonderful donors! Please follow all the contest’s rules here if you wish to participate. Below is the Spring gif that I chose for this contest and my … Continue reading #SpringFlingKidLit 2022 Contestant

#50PreciousWords 2022 Contestant

50PreciousWords is an annual contest hosted by children’s book author Vivian Kirkfield. This year it runs from March 4 to March 6. You can find the official contest post along with the guidelines and list of fantastic prizes on Vivian Kirkfield’s blog. It is my first year participating in #50PreciousWords, and I am thrilled. Below is my entry. I am American They say I am … Continue reading #50PreciousWords 2022 Contestant

Picture Books for Black History Month and All Year Long

Brilliant Bea by Shaina Rudolph and Mary Vukadinovich Brilliant Bea has a way with words but reading and writing are complicated because she has dyslexia. Ms. Bloom, her very kind teacher, give Bea a tape recorder to tell her stories. The tape recorder, a new friend, and a different approach to learning help Bea realize she can become who she is meant to be. Listen … Continue reading Picture Books for Black History Month and All Year Long

Valetine’s Day Picture Books

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones. Below is a list of picture books about Valentine’s Day to read with your children. A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Perfect Valentine by Amy Young Lucy makes Valentine cards for her friends, telling them what she loves about them. Sparkle wants nothing more than to make a Valentine card for … Continue reading Valetine’s Day Picture Books

January: Featured Pictures Books

The Book of Rules: A Picture Book by Brian Gehrlein Children must follow the rules because Dennis the monster will eat them if they don’t. Follow the rules, and you are safe! Author: Brian GehrleinWriting Style: hilarious, encouraging, joyful, fun, interactiveIllustrator: Tom KnightIllustrations: funny, engaging, diverse, lively, colorfulThemes: getting the sillies out, mindfulness, following rulesPublishing Year: 2021Publisher: Farrar Strays GirouxAges: 4 – 8Lexile: Not Yet … Continue reading January: Featured Pictures Books

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 Book Review: Finish the Story! Harriet Tubman’s Secret Raid

Valerie Budayr of Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press and Mia Wenjen of Pragmatic Mom founded Multicultural Children’s Book Day to celebrate multicultural and diverse children’s literature. Every year this wonderful event takes place online and offline on the last Friday of January. This year it falls on January 28th.  For this occasion, Storyopolis Press sent me Finish the Story! Harriet Tubman’s Secret Raid by Jeffrey Bensam.  Friends Danny and … Continue reading Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 Book Review: Finish the Story! Harriet Tubman’s Secret Raid