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

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

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

Let’s Hear it for the Girls! Picture Book Biographies of Amazing Women

May is Women's History month, so I wanted to get at least one post out with great books about great women. There really are so many to choose from that it can be hard, but the amazing thing is that people are putting out spectacular nonfiction picture books that are a great way to get … Continue reading Let’s Hear it for the Girls! Picture Book Biographies of Amazing Women

Folktales with Lessons for Life

Folktales are such a wonderful part of children's literature. There are so many tales that have been passed down through the generations and we have learned so many valuable lessons from them. One of the things that I find especially fascinating is reading folktales from a wide variety of cultures to see how similar situations … Continue reading Folktales with Lessons for Life

You Can Do Anything – an inspirational tale with a Hip-Hop beat

One of the neat things about being an Independent Consultant with Usborne Books & More is coming across titles that I would never normally pick up, but that hold some pretty amazing messages. The newest in that category is Hip and Hop, You Can Do Anything, by Akala. Akala is an award winning UK Hip-Hop … Continue reading You Can Do Anything – an inspirational tale with a Hip-Hop beat

Chelsea Clinton’s She Persisted

Yesterday Chelsea Clinton's new book, She Persisted, arrived in my mail. I had pre-ordered it because I believe that it is an important item to show our children. Kids need to see people like them achieving their dreams. They need to know that life isn't going to just hand them what they want, but if … Continue reading Chelsea Clinton’s She Persisted