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

Renato and the Lion

Renato loved his home in Florence, Italy. He loved the people there. And the food there. But he especially loved the art there. It was everywhere. This is how Barbara DiLorenzo begins her beautiful book, Renato and the Lion. Through beautiful watercolor images, DiLorenzo brings Florence, Italy to life. This gorgeous book sends us back … Continue reading Renato and the Lion

#whatsyourgift – Leo’s Gift

Recently I was given the opportunity to review Leo's Gift, by Susan Blackaby and Joellyn Cicciarelli, through the Kid Lit Exchange. The book moved me in a number of ways. I am a sucker for books about music, but also, since I freelance for OutreachNC, a magazine that often covers topics about caring for those … Continue reading #whatsyourgift – Leo’s Gift

The Branch – Sharing an Experience

I often pick up books at the library simply because they have that enticing yellow "new" sticker on them. I'm not sure exactly what drew me to "The Branch" by Mireille Messier and Pierre Pratt, but this is a wonderful book to share. What is extraordinary about this book is that it shows a special … Continue reading The Branch – Sharing an Experience

Hand over Hand – A Book about Believing You Can do Anything

Many cultures have notions of who can do certain jobs. There is a long-standing history of women being expected to be housewives and caretakers. We have seen, however, that many men excel in that role and there have been times when women excel in historically male dominated professions. In Alma Fullerton's new book, Hand over … Continue reading Hand over Hand – A Book about Believing You Can do Anything

The Not-So-Faraway Adventure

There is a special place in my heart for books that champion the relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild. There is much to be learned by having a special bond between generations. The relationship between parent and child can be difficult at times, and often the grandparent is able to have a very special … Continue reading The Not-So-Faraway Adventure

Navigating Life with Anna Hibiscus

"Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa."   So starts every Anna Hibiscus book. These books, written by Atinuke and illustrated by Lauren Tobia, tell the story of young Anna Hibiscus as she tries to maneuver through some of life's challenges. They take place in Africa, but really they could be anywhere. They are a … Continue reading Navigating Life with Anna Hibiscus