Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Coming in October, this is a compelling read about a group of talented and dedicated high school basketball players who bring glory to their all black high school in segregated Indianapolis and help to integrate both the school system and the basketball world. We learn about several outstanding players, their coach, the injustices they faced and their ultimate victories on and off the court.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Max and his mom have a "small" adventure in terms of driving to a family birthday party but their trip exemplifies the affection between them, the wisdom they learn from each other and fulfills Max's dream of being an explorer in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton (full disclosure, he is also my hero). There is a lot packed into this short book about bravery and hardship and just plain affection and Kath's illustrations add to the sweetness. A great mother/son book and there aren't a lot around.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Adrian Simcox Does Not have a Horse, by Marcy Campbell, illustrated by Corinna Luyken is a lovely story about one child's unkindness to another that changes when the girl who has been unkind meets her classmate on his own turf and really sees him as a person and gets to appreciate his imagination. Lovely illustrations build on the closeness that develops. A book to prompt discussion and encourage imaginings.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mabel and Sam at Home by Linda urban, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper. Chronicle Books. Very true to childhood chapter book about a somewhat bossy older sister and a somewhat compliant younger brother who embark on a series of adventures tied to moving to a new home. the sister leads the adventures, the younger brother follows along but adds his own "panache" at times. They travel in a boat, tour a museum and visit space. The language can be a bit challenging but that adds to the fun and the illustrations have the incompleteness that relate to children's art. Imaginative, original and fun.

Monday, March 12, 2018