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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

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#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

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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

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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

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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 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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#FallWritingFrenzy Contest Entry: A Different Kind of Magic

I am super excited (beyond excited) to announce that I am a #FallWritingFrenzy contestant this year. Below is the image I selected to inspire my story, A Different Kind of Magic. A Different Kind of Magic is based on my personal experience moving from Puerto Rico to Germany when I was 23 years old. Still, it is from the point of view of a Puerto … Continue reading #FallWritingFrenzy Contest Entry: A Different Kind of Magic

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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

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

STORYSTORM 2022 Participant

What better way than start the year with a writing challenge! I’m talking about Tara Lazar’s STORYSTORM 2022. It’s an annual writing challenge in which writers develop story ideas for 30 days. The main point is to create an idea per day, but you can do more than that. To register and follow all the rules of STORYSTORM 2022, go to Tara Lazar’s blog and … Continue reading STORYSTORM 2022 Participant

Christmas Picture Books

Santa in the City by Tiffany D. Jackson Deja asks many questions about Santa’s delivery methods to her city after some classmates cast doubts on her about his existence. Her mother and family and community members respond to her questions, restoring Deja’s belief in Santa’s magic. Author: Tiffany D. JacksonWriting Style: sweet, creative, funIllustrator: Reggie BrownIllustrations: digital art, diverse, colorful, livelyThemes: Santa Claus’ existence and … Continue reading Christmas Picture Books