The Rounders and the Tallers By Matt Bell

Back of Book:The Rounders and the Tallers is a tale of a town where its people have lost their way and separated themselves and the journey to come back together. While the adult leaders of two groups of people struggle to get along, it’s a little boy, in his innocence and compassion, that teaches theContinue reading “The Rounders and the Tallers By Matt Bell”

Rum Pum Pum By David L. Harrison & Jane Yolen Illustrated By Anjan Sarkar

Back of Book:The lonely tiger finds a drum. He strikes it with his tail–and friends start to follow: a monkey who says “chee-chee-chee” which means “I will come too” in monkey talk, a rhino who says “ouggh” which means “I will come too” in rhino talk, a parrot that says “scree-awk,” a chameleon, an elephant,Continue reading “Rum Pum Pum By David L. Harrison & Jane Yolen Illustrated By Anjan Sarkar”

No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History By Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson & Jeanette Bradley

Back of Book: No Voice Too Small celebrates the young people who know how to be the change they seek. Fourteen poems honor these young activists. Featuring poems by Lesléa Newman, Traci Sorell, and Nikki Grimes. Additional text goes into detail about each youth activist’s life and how readers can get involved. My Review: I receivedContinue reading “No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History By Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson & Jeanette Bradley”

I Promise By LeBron James Illustrated By Nina Mata

Back of Book: Just a kid from Akron, Ohio, who is dedicated to uplifting youth everywhere, LeBron James knows the key to a better future is to excel in school, do your best, and keep your family close. I Promise is a lively and inspiring picture book that reminds us that tomorrow’s success starts with theContinue reading “I Promise By LeBron James Illustrated By Nina Mata”

Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built By Angela Burke Kunkel & Paola Escobar

Back of Book: In the city of Bogata, in the barrio of La Nueva Gloria, there live two Joses. One is a boy who dreams of Saturdays– that’s the day he gets to visit Paradise, the library. The second Jose is a garbage collector. From dusk until dawn, he scans the sidewalks as he drives,Continue reading “Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built By Angela Burke Kunkel & Paola Escobar”

Luci Soars Written and Illustrated By Lulu Delacre

Back of Book:Luci was born without a shadow. Mamá says no one notices. But Luci does. And sometimes others do too. Sometimes they stare, sometimes they tease Luci, and sometimes they make her cry. But when Luci learns to look at what makes her different as a strength, she realizes she has more power thanContinue reading “Luci Soars Written and Illustrated By Lulu Delacre”

Waiting Together By Danielle Dufayet & Srimalie Bassani

Back of Book:Waiting is not easy! And waiting can take a long time. Like waiting on the drip, drip, drip of rain to stop or the ding of the timer for cookies to be done baking. But there’s one thing that can make waiting go a little bit faster―a friend! A perfect read-aloud, this bookContinue reading “Waiting Together By Danielle Dufayet & Srimalie Bassani”

Your Name Is a Song By Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow & Luisa Uribe

Back of Book: Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl’s mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home throughContinue reading “Your Name Is a Song By Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow & Luisa Uribe”

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story By Tina Cho & Jess X. Snow

Back of Book:Dayeon wants to be a haenyeo just like Grandma. The haenyeo dive off the coast of Jeju Island to pluck treasures from the sea–generations of Korean women have done so for centuries. To Dayeon, the haenyeo are as strong and graceful as mermaids. To give her strength, Dayeon eats Grandma’s abalone porridge. SheContinue reading “The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story By Tina Cho & Jess X. Snow”

A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart By Zetta Elliott & Noa Denmon

Back of Book: Summertime is filled with joy―skateboarding and playing basketball―until his community is deeply wounded by a police shooting. As fall turns to winter and then spring, fear grows into anger, then pride and peace. Here is a groundbreaking narrative that can help all readers―children and adults alike―talk about the feelings hiding deep inside each of us. My Review: I receivedContinue reading “A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart By Zetta Elliott & Noa Denmon”