Storytelling Magic with The Magician’s Secret

I love a good multi-generational story, especially when it is also a story about storytelling. I have really fond memories of my bubby (grandmother in Yiddish) telling the most outrageous stories. We thought about having her type them up, but we didn't get it done soon enough and we didn't help her do it, so … Continue reading Storytelling Magic with The Magician’s Secret

Bridging the Gap and Amal Unbound

I recently discovered a really wonderful podcast called "Lifelines: Books that Bridge the Divide." Hosts Ann Braden and Saadia Faruqi aim to "share conversations with librarians, educators, and readers about the children’s books that can be bridges across our cultural divides…the books that can open minds and the books that can be the lifeline a … Continue reading Bridging the Gap and Amal Unbound

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

Malala – Free As a Bird

There are many picture books available about Malala Yousfzai. I have reviewed a few of them on this site. When looking at a new book about her life, rather than considering it another explanation of her life, you start to look at what make it different, what part of her life they are really looking … Continue reading Malala – Free As a Bird

The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City

Welcome back to Middle Grade Monday! This week I am reviewing The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City, by Jodi Kendall. Thank you to @KidLitExchange for a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own. Summary from Goodreads: Josie Shilling’s family is too big, their cramped city house is too … Continue reading The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City

What is Hip-Hop?

It's nonfiction Wednesday so I'm presenting What is Hip-Hop by Eric Morse with amazing art and claymation by Anny Yi. Thank you to #KidLitExchange for a review copy of this book, I'm not sure I ever would have heard about it without them. In What is Hip-Hop, Morse gives a history lesson, in rhyme, about … Continue reading What is Hip-Hop?

Payback on Poplar Lane

Thank you to @kidlitexchange and Viking Books for the preview copy of Payback on Poplar Lane. All opinions are my own. I will admit that I tend to gravitate toward realistic fiction, historic fiction, and fantasy. But I also think that reading outside of you or comfort zone is important, which is why I encourage … Continue reading Payback on Poplar Lane