Monday, December 18, 2017


 Coming in March 2018 a wonderful story about a girl who persists in her determination to invent, even when things don't work as they should.  With encouragement from her grandfather she doesn't give up and ultimately helps a "friend" in need.  Imaginative and effective rhyme adds to the joy of the book.   Great to celebrate strong, determined girls and encourage mimicry.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Girl RunningNot coming til Feb 2018 but well worth noting now, this book tells the story of the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon even though it was "against" the rules and she had been denied entry.  Bobbi Gibb loved to run but couldn't join the school track team because it was "against" the rules.  She ran every chance she could and when she learned about the marathon she started to train.
The illustrations add charm to the story with their warm colors and collage feel (and who can resist an old VW bus)  Her white dog companion helps to locate her on a training page and the mile count helps to follow the race when it happens.
An important and inspiring story.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Coming out in mid September this is a book for every library.  Conversational, the author tells us about things we already knew about the State of Liberty and then tells us things we didn't know.   Most importantly, while telling us that her right foot is NOT anchored to the ground he reminds us that the statue and what she represents are constantly moving, and that her welcome is far reaching and unending.  What an important message for today and the future.  The illustrations are equally appealing and universal.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

In these dark days here is a list of Social Justice books for all ages of kids, tweeted by award winning author Jacqueline Woodson. https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/

Monday, August 14, 2017

A book that constantly amazes as you suddenly catch on to the author's intent....to tell an alliterative story.   So the story begins with LOTS of A words, moving on the the B's and so on.   Anticipation adds to the fun, how are they going to handle the q's, what about the z's.   A definition of Alliteration appears at the back of the book with suggestions about where to look for others.  And hopefully this might inspire some copy-cats.