Sticky post

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023: Review of Latin Americans in History: 15 Inspiring Latinas and Latinos You Should Know by Monica Olivera

Written by Monica Olivera, Latin Americans in History: 15 Inspiring Latinas and Latinos You Should Know is a middle-grade non-fiction book that will surely motivate children, especially Latin Americans, to pursue their dreams. It is an excellent introduction to Latin American historical personages left out of history books. Discover how Simón Bolivar, El Libertador, freed six South American countries from the Spanish empire. Find out … Continue reading Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023: Review of Latin Americans in History: 15 Inspiring Latinas and Latinos You Should Know by Monica Olivera

Sticky post

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023: Book Review of Mèo and Bé by Doan Phuong Nguyen

Amid the Vietnam War, eleven-year-old Bé loses her voice after her mother leaves her to live with her father, brothers, and terrible stepmother, Big Mother. Her father, whose health deteriorates after a stroke, cannot stop Big Mother’s abuses. Bé finds comfort in a new friend, a three-legged cat she names Mèo. But Big Mother’s hate has no bounds, and she sells Bé to men who … Continue reading Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023: Book Review of Mèo and Bé by Doan Phuong Nguyen

#PBCritiqueFest 2022

Brian Gerhlein, the author of The Book of Rules (which is awesomeeeee), is the host of #PBCritiqueFest. The fest consists of a 32-picture book critique giveaway! Each participant gets the option to log up to 200 additional entries by supporting fellow authors and illustrators, which is a fantastic model. I was one of the winners last year, and it was a wonderful experience! I won … Continue reading #PBCritiqueFest 2022

Sticky post

#FallWritingFrenzy 2022 Contest Entry: The Anjana

I have been waiting for a whole year for my favorite writing contest: #FallWritingFrenzy! It is my second time being a contestant, and last year I was fortunate to be one of the winners with my entry A Different Kind of Magic. Editor extraordinaire Erin Siu selected my entry, and I won a picture book critique, which was a wonderful and illuminating experience. I want … Continue reading #FallWritingFrenzy 2022 Contest Entry: The Anjana

Sticky post

Book Review of If Your Babysitter is a Bruja by Ana Siqueira

Halloween is coming soon! What would you do if your babysitter was a bruja? Yes, a witch! She could order her black cats to attack, catch you while flying her broom, or cook you in her cauldron with cocodrillos! You might need to get those defense powers on if your babysitter was a bruja. You could cook a magic potion, get her broom, or escape. … Continue reading Book Review of If Your Babysitter is a Bruja by Ana Siqueira

Sticky post

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

Sticky post

Book Review of Juan Has the Jitters by Aneta Cruz

The school’s athletic games are tomorrow, and Juan claps to get the Jitters out. Juan’s Jitters make his tummy swoosh and swirl when there are too many people, noise, and changes in his routine. Juan’s teacher, Mr. Lee, comes up with an excellent idea to help Juan keep the Jitters out during Griffith Academy’s First Mathletic Games. Written by Aneta Cruz, Juan Has the Jitters … Continue reading Book Review of Juan Has the Jitters by Aneta Cruz

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

Sticky post

Book Review of The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

A comet destroys Earth, so a select group of families departs in three ships. Petra Peña’s family has been selected because her parents are scientists. Their destination is Sagan, a new planet that is hundreds of years away. People sleep in advanced machines while they receive data about life on Earth, and Monitors watch over them. Petra does not want to become a scientist like … Continue reading Book Review of The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera