Book Reviews, Kids' Corner, Picture Books

Kids’ Corner: Diverse Children’s Picture Books in Review (April 2017)

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Hello bookworms!

I’m excited to share with you a few diverse children’s picture books that I read over the past month.

Let’s see what I read shall we?

*If you are new to my blog, I review a batch of diverse children’s picture books monthly.  What do I mean by diverse children’s picture books?  I mean children’s picture books that are written by or about people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and any other minorities.  The #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement has inspired me to not only reevaluate my reading, but also the books I read to my children.  Diversity in books is just as (if not more) important in children’s literature.  Children are our future, so it is our job to teach them to celebrate diversity.

Books included in this post: Have You Seen Elephant? , Catherine’s Story, The Sandwich Swap, Elena’s Serenade, & The Only Child

Representation: biracial character; character with physical & mental disabilities; Mexican character (also set in Mexico); Chinese character (inspired by China’s one-child policy)

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Book Reviews, Kids' Corner, Middle Grade

Kids’ Corner: Diverse Middle Grade Books in Review (Feb 2017) #DiverseKidLit

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Hello bookworms!

As some of you may remember, I made it one of my 2017 goals to read & promote more diverse children’s books.  Today I bring you mini-reviews for a few diverse middle grade books.

*Books included in this post: Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai, Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper, & When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

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Kids' Corner, Picture Books

Kids’ Corner: Diverse Children’s Picture Books in Review (January 2017)

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Hello bookworms!

Welcome to another new feature in the Kids’ Corner section of my blog.  If you have been a follower of my blog for a little while, you may remember from my 2017 goals, that I wanted to not only start reviewing more children’s books, but that I wanted to also review and promote DIVERSE children’s books. What do I mean by diverse children’s books?  I mean children’s picture books that are written by or about people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and any other minorities.  The #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement has inspired me to not only reevaluate my reading, but also the books I read to my children.  Diversity in books is just as (if not more) important in children’s literature.  I know this is cliché to say, but children are our future and it is our job to teach them to celebrate diversity.

Books included in this post: Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion , My Brother Charlie,  Can One Balloon Make an Elephant Fly?, Worm Loves Worm, & One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree.

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Book Reviews, Kids' Corner, Picture Books

Kids’ Corner: Buy, Borrow, or Pass – Picture Book Reviews (January 2017)

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Whew! That is a ridiculously long title!

Welcome to my first installment of a new feature within my Kids’ Corner division of my blog: Buy, Borrow, or Pass.  What is Buy, Borrow, or Pass?  Well my friend, I’m glad you asked!  Basically, I will be writing mini reviews for children’s picture books and at the end of my review, I will state if I think it is worth it to buy the book, if you should borrow the book from the library, or pass on the book all together.  I would like to mention that if I suggest to borrow the book from the library versus purchasing the book, this is not negative.  I only will suggest purchasing a book when I think it is a timeless book that can grow with your child, or that will appeal to multiple ages.  I also offer “sneak peaks” into the books, which gives you a taste of the illustrations these books offer.

For this feature, I am going to try and keep the picture books relatively current, so all the picture books mentioned will be from 2016 or newer.

*Books included in this post are Faraway Fox , Take Heart, My Child: A Mother’s Dream , Ideas Are All Around , Samson in the Snow, & Hoot and Peep

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