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

Grump – The (Fairly) True Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Liesl Shurtliff is the master at taking a well known fairy tale and giving you a completely different perspective. When Rump first came out, it was such an interesting book and a whole different way to approach a fractured fairy tale, or as she likes to call it, "the (fairly) true story." In Grump (Knopf … Continue reading Grump – The (Fairly) True Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Margaret and the Moon

Hidden Figures sparked a lot of thought about women and space. The movie really got a lot of people thinking and talking about how women were treated differently in the quest to get to the moon, but also how vital they were. Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing, by … Continue reading Margaret and the Moon

One True Way

The year is 1977 and Allie has just moved from New Jersey to North Carolina. Her parents are divorcing and her brother recently died in an accident. Life definitely isn't easy. As she starts her first day at school she has two goals - make a friend and join the newspaper staff. Fortunately, Allie meets … Continue reading One True Way

Learning to Listen with the Help of Boy

Sometimes we need to be reminded that just because we can hear doesn't mean that we actually know how to listen. In the book Boy, Phil Cummings shares that lesson with readers both young and old. The story of Boy takes place in a kingdom where the king and his army have long been fighting … Continue reading Learning to Listen with the Help of Boy

Believing in Yourself – This is It

Thank you to @KidLitExchange for sharing a review copy of this book with me. All opinions are my own. Sometimes you have to read books twice to really get them. That was the case for me with Daria Peoples-Riley's new book, This is It. The story seems simple enough, a young girl has a dance … Continue reading Believing in Yourself – This is It

Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper

There are times when we read a book and decide that it is one of those books that everyone should read. Granted, as a book blogger I tend to encourage people to read a lot of the books that I read, but Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper is one of those gems that have … Continue reading Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper