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“Beekle-The Unimaginary Friend”

Children have those lovely imaginations that allow them to put life into objects that adults don’t consider alive. This fantastic story by Dan Santat is narrated by Beekle. He is waiting, not so patiently, on an island far away to be imagined by a real child. At this point, he doesn’t have a name because … 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 Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats

I expect that most who have taught children or raised children in the past fifty years, are familar with the beautiful story of a city boy’s adventures on a very snowy day. It is a story that my children wanted to hear over and over. It goes perfectly with snow fall and hot chocolate. I’m … Continue reading

Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli

I came¬†across this gem during a search for books illustrated by Kadir Nelson. I was planning a study of his work as my Black History Month theme this year. As usual, Nelson’s illustrations are absolutely amazing. But the story of “Mama Miti” is also a wonderful tale of the work of Wangari Muta Maathai. Wangari … Continue reading

“Heart and Soul” by Kadir Nelson

The narrator of this wonderful book is an unnamed black woman whose grandfather was a slave as a child.¬† It’s the personal storytelling that makes it unique as a history book. Yet, it is indeed a historically accurate account of “America and African Americans” as the subtitle suggests. The author does an amazing job of … Continue reading