Grandad Mandela

July 18, 2018 would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday. In honor of that date, his youngest daughter, Zindzi, and two of her grandchildren put together a book about Mandela in the format of questions that a child might ask about the man and his years in prison. Grandad Mandela is a very important story … Continue reading Grandad Mandela

Three Cheers for The People Awards

There have been a number of books in the last few years that are collections of 1-2 page biographies about important people in history written in an exceptionally engaging manner for kids. From Rebel Girls to Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Women Who Dared to National Geographic's Book of Heroes. But one thing … Continue reading Three Cheers for The People Awards

Hooray for Pride Month!

Every year, during the month of June, the LGBTQ community celebrates in a number of different ways. Since I no longer live in a large city with parades and festivities, I'm going to celebrate Pride Month here with a selection of amazing non-fiction picture books. I'm so impressed that this is becoming a topic that … Continue reading Hooray for Pride Month!

Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing

God Bless America. White Christmas. The Easter Parade. Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better). Alexander's Ragtime Band. What do all of these songs have in common? Irving Berlin, a Jewish immigrant who came to America in 1893 to escape religious persecution and wound up writing songs that are embedded into our national fiber. … Continue reading Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing

If You Were a Kid Building a Pyramid

We have long been fascinated by Ancient Egypt. The pyramids, in particular, are an architectural wonder and part of Jewish history. So when I came across the relatively new book, If You Were a Kid Building a Pyramid, I had to check it out. Turns out that this is a series of pretty cool books … Continue reading If You Were a Kid Building a Pyramid

Travel through time with Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt

Part graphic novel, part history lesson, part science fiction, Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt has it all and together it is a hit. * Thank you to NetGalley for the digital review copy. All opinions are my own. Learning about ancient civilizations is an important part of the educational process. It helps us … Continue reading Travel through time with Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt

Libba – The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

Music is something that can touch you very deeply. Many religions use music in prayer. Workers have long used singing to keep the drudgery of their jobs at bay. It can pick us up when we are down and soothe us when we are out of sorts. For the nonfiction picture book challenge, I give … Continue reading Libba – The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten