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

Blog Tour & Giveaway – One Good Thing About America

Welcome to Day #6 of the One Good Thing About America Blog Tour! To celebrate the release of One Good Thing About America by Ruth Freeman (3/14/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Ruth and 10 chances to win a copy of One Good Thing About America, as well as a chance to win a Skype … Continue reading Blog Tour & Giveaway – One Good Thing About America

One Good Thing About America

This coming Monday I am part of a blog tour for the release of Ruth Freeman's new book, One Good Thing About America. Blog tours are awesome because you get to learn a wide variety of information about the book straight from the author. In the case of this book, Ruth Freeman has written 10 … Continue reading One Good Thing About America

Welcoming the Immigrant

A few weeks ago, my family visited New York and took a trip out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It is such an awe inspiring place and I wanted my girls to understand the importance of the immigrant in American society. I'm not sure exactly when they really start getting in to … Continue reading Welcoming the Immigrant

Save Me a Seat

When the first Scholastic flyers came home from my kids' school this fall, I gladly spent a chunk of money on books to support their classrooms. While going through their selections, I came across the book "Save Me a Seat" by Sarah Weeks and Gata Varadarajan and bought it on a whim. That whim proved … Continue reading Save Me a Seat

Fitting in and learning to love your little sister

One day when J was reading books on We Give Books, she came across the book Big Red Lollipop, by Rukhsana Khan. This is a great story about sibling rivalry, immigrant culture and also about forgiveness. As many kidlit bloggers have noted lately, there is not a wealth of multicultural books out there. That "despite … Continue reading Fitting in and learning to love your little sister