Showing posts from January, 2017


Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017  is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom . Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that. Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic , Barefoot Books , and Broccoli . Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman , Audrey Press , Candlewick Press ,   Fathers Incorporated , KidLitTV , Capstone Young Readers , Chil

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: The Book of Heroines by Stephanie Warren Drimmer

THE BOOK OF HEROINES Tales of History's Gutsiest Gals by Stephanie Warren Drimmer National Geographic Kids, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-4263-2557-1 Middle grade nonfiction Ages 9-12 Source: Media Masters Publicity/publisher for review All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK Everybody needs a role model! Discover true stories of superstars, war heroes, world leaders, gusty gals, and everyday girls who changed the world. From Sacagawea to Mother Teresa, Annie Oakley to Malala Yousafzai, these famous females hiked up their pants and petticoats or charged full-speed ahead to prove that girls are just as tough as boys...maybe even tougher. Complete with amazing images and a fun design, this is the book that every kid with a goal, hope, or dream will want to own. REVIEW In this era of political discord and social upheaval, it's more important than ever to have mentors and heroes/heroines.  Of course, there isn't going to be agreement on whose a hero

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEWS: Secret of the Time Tablets/Varmints/Snow White

SECRET OF THE TIME TABLETS Cleopatra in Space #3 by Mike Maihack Graphix, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-545-83868-9 Ages 9-12 Source: purchased All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK Cleo and her friends journey from Yasiro Academy to the city of Hykosis, where some of the most notorious thieves and assassins live. They're in search of information about the time tablets that could determine Cleo's fate - whether she wants them to or not. But the group is separated when Xaius Octavian's fleet attacks their ship, and Cleo and Akila are on their own until they run into an old nemesis. Will Cleo find the information she needs and get out of Hykosis alive? REVIEW This third volume in the Cleopatra in Space series lives up the excitement introduced in the first two volumes.  Once again, Cleopatra is out to take space by storm, but first she has to survive an attack by Octavian's fleet of ships.  When she and her friends get separated, they set o

PICTURE BOOK REVIEWS: Doing Her Bit/Esquivel!

DOING HER BIT A Story About the Woman's Land Army of America by Erin Hagar, illustrated by Jen Hill Charlesbridge, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-58089-646-7 Source: publisher for review Ages 4-8 Picture book nonfiction All opinions expressed are solely my own. ABOUT THE BOOK Based on true events, this fictional story traces the history of the Women’s Land Army during World War I. Real-life “Farmerette” Helen Stevens trains to farm the land, negotiates a position for herself and other women, and does her bit for the war effort. This unique book celebrates the true grit of American men and women. REVIEW During World War II there was a lack of farm labor because of the number of men being soldiers.  So the government set up a program recruiting women to help fill the void.  These women were called farmerettes.  Helen Stevens was one such woman.  She joined the program and spent several weeks being trained in the incredibly back-breaking work that farms require.  Plowing

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper by "Gusto" Dave Jackson and Janet "The Kid" Fogg

  MISFORTUNE ANNIE AND THE LOCOMOTIVE REAPER by "Gusto" Dave Jackson and Janet "The Kid" Fogg FA LLC, 2016 ISBN: 9780692741870 ABOUT THE BOOK When Annabelle Fortune, the fastest gunslinger in the wild west, inadvertently stops a stranger from attacking a train -- and he wears a suit that enables him to fly! -- the government believes she's the only one to have witnessed the Locomotive Reaper and survived to tell the tale. Promising to find out what he can about her missing father, the Director of the Secret Service persuades Annie to swear in. Too soon, her detested nickname re-stakes its claim. Partnered with Beau Slokam, whose penchant for gambling leads them straight to the Doom Gang, Misfortune Annie guides the smooth-talking Southerner in a chase through the Rockies, with her Cheyenne friend, Wontoa, rounding out their unlikely trio. When Annie again meets the Locomotive Reaper, his gadgetry proves far more advan