Sunday, July 15, 2018

Following his Statue of Liberty book Eggers directs readers to be active and engaged, a part of society. With a slight rhyme to his text which moves us from one possibility to another this is all about being a part o society. Harris's illustrations are powerful and eye-popping, most double page spreads, all making clear what the possibilities are. An important book especially at this time.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Coming in September from the author/illustrator Drowned city and The Great American Dust Bowl this is a powerful visual experience of the horrors that have caused the Syrian people to flee their country and those they face as refugees. The final pages of the book describe three refugee camps that Brown visited in researching this book and it is clear he has seen life that is hard and ugly and at times hopeless....but the people keep coming and his book helps us understand why. It can be read in one sitting but will long be remembered. Pair with Kate March's fiction book coming the same month, Nowhere Boy about a Syrian boy who hides in the home of an American family living in Belgium.

Edie's Top Shelf: Coming in Sept. 11 this is a wonderful multigenera...

Edie's Top Shelf: Coming in Sept. 11 this is a wonderful multigenera...: Coming in Sept. 11 this is a wonderful multigenerational story of a young girl much loved by her family, especially her grandfather, who i...

Friday, June 1, 2018

Coming in Sept. 11 this is a wonderful multigenerational story of a young girl much loved by her family, especially her grandfather, who is trying to find her place in her privileged school and in her family. Things don't always go her way, she can't join the soccer team because of family obligations and she is assigned to the role of sunshine buddy despite her hesitation but she is resilient and finds her way, slowly but surely. Spanish is interspersed throughout this book as it is in Merci's life. Her school situations ring true, the projects, group work, know it all, misunderstandings and mishaps. It all rings true and Merci is someone you are happy to share time with and root for.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Coming in August 2018 this book, with its lively and colorful illustrations and careful, evocative wording, in true Woodson style, affirms children who at some time or other do not fit in, be it because of race, hair style, lunch ingredients, life style, clothing choice. There are many ways to be excluded, which is what we are reminded of as the book begins, but you can find your voice, and when you do, "the world opens itself a little wider to make some space for you". Readers are reminded of their courage and steady self and the good things that follow. Sensitive to children's sense of being outsiders and affirming of how that can change.