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Keep Your Head Up

Words by Aliya King Neil Illustrated by Charly Palmer Sometimes the advice to “keep your head up” is harder to follow than other days. “D” is having such a day. The “scrunchy” day begins with D oversleeping and it pretty much goes downhill from there. Readers get the impression that D is familiar with scrunchy … Continue reading

There are No Bears…or are there?

There are No Bears…or are there?

The title of this delightful picture book is There are No Bears in This Bakery by Julia Sarcone-Roach. However, the cover illustration suggests a different story! I am writing this review during the Coronavirus pandemic. Most of the schools in the US, and possibly globally, are closed in an effort to slow (hopefully stop)  the … Continue reading

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

I picked up this gem during every teacher’s favorite school event…the book fair! After racing through this page-turner, I checked the copyright date. I was surprised that it was 2017. I found this during the fall of 2019. Where has this awesome YA novel been? How many novels, of any genre, do we get set … Continue reading

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

History written in a lively narrative form is what sets this book apart. Author Steve Sheinikin weaves the tale of the bizarre case of an attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body from his grave.  I was distracted in the beginning chapters of the book because much attention is given to nineteenth century counterfeiters. Sheinikin skillfully … Continue reading

“These Hands” by Margaret H. Mason

I’m a firm believer in sharing black history stories through the year, not just during Black History Month. This lovely picture book is appropriate for sharing during any discussion and/or lesson about the Civil Rights era. Joseph is a young child whose “Grandpa” could do anything with his hands. Many children can relate to a … Continue reading

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963

When I heard that this novel has been made into a movie and will soon air on the Hallmark Channel, I wanted to read it before watching the movie. I’d seen it on YA shelves for years, but knowing what happened in Birmingham in 1963, I resisted reading it. The bombing of the church which … Continue reading

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and TR Simon

The bad things that happen to you in life don’t define misery–what you do with them does.” ~ Carrie, narrator of this wonderful YA historical fiction novel. While Carrie is fictional, the true subject of this novel, Zora Neale Hurston, is real. Hurston is perhaps the most famous woman writer from the Harlem Renaissance era. … Continue reading