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Book Review: Smarty Locks and the Unforgettable Zoo

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  Smarty Locks and the Unforgettable Zoo, written by Marilyn Harary, Illustrated by Janette Louden, published in the USA 2016, 28 pages, ISBN: 13: 978-0-9980506-0-7

 

The Review:  Smarty Locks and the Unforgettable Zoo is a beautifully illustrated and classically written book that appeals to elementary students of all ages. You the reader are able…

Book Review: Zachary Goes To School

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  Zachary Goes to School, written by E. Danielle Butler Cover, Illustrated by Jonathan Barnhill, published by EvyDani Books 2017 USA, 24 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9989945-2-9

 

The Review:  Beautifully illustrated and simply written, Zachary Goes to School, is the perfect book to read to or with your little one before they go to pre-school, daycare,…

Book Review: Mega Pack of Mad Libs

Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of the Mega Pack of Mad Libs from Brightly to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own. #ReadBrightlypartner

The Review:  The Brightly Mega Pack of Mad Libs is hours of sheer joy and entertainment.  As a kid, I grew up doing mad libs with my parents and friends all the time and the amount of joy, amusement, and laughter we experienced was immeasurable.  Some of my fondest childhood memories involve…

Book Review: Rice & Rocks

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  Rice & Rocks, story by Asia Sandra L. Richards, Cover art and interior design by Stephanie Bart-Horvath, Illustrated by Meghan Kayleigh Sullivan, published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing 2017 USA, 32 pages, ISBN 13:978-1-940014-73-9, eISBN 13: 978-1-940014-74-6

 

The Review:  Rice & Rocks is a must-read story for all young children looking to…

Book Review: Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows

 

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

The Facts:  Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows, story by Asia Citro, Cover Art and pictures by Marion Lindsay, published by Innovation Press 2017 USA, 96 pages, ISBN-978-I-943147-08-3

 

The Review:  Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows is the story of a young girl and her pet cat who use science experiments to help a dragon…

How to Keep Your Black Kids Self-Aware in a World that Reflects the Opposite

I live and work overseas most of the time, sometimes in places where the African (and specifically the African-American diaspora) is sparse. And this can pose a challenge when trying to raise the next generation of conscious black children.  For example, we are currently living in a Latin American country where the “Afro” community is extremely small and confined to disparate sub-population pockets in only a few urban centers.

We live in the capital city where there is a larger Afro…

Solid As A Rock

CEO of Black-owned footwear company, ROCKDEEP INC, on balancing entrepreneurship, community, and family
What is an entrepreneur? Everyone I know these days call themselves an entrepreneur or have someone in their immediate circle who is an entrepreneur. However, the statistics for successful entrepreneurial endeavors are abysmal. Forbes magazine reports that 90% of start-ups fail, that’s nine out of 10 new businesses, and the numbers are worse for minority-owned businesses if you can believe it. That is all the more reason…

4 Ways to STOP Fighting Over the Kids and START Parenting Together

“United we stand and divided we fall”, or so the adage goes.  It is true in politics and in life.  And when it comes to your children and how to discipline them this saying is 100% true.

We’ve all been there, you think you should discipline your child a certain way and your spouse wants to handle it differently. You each become stuck in your position, unwilling to concede, and that’s when the fighting starts.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t…

When I Wake Up – Book Review

 

The Facts:  When I Wake Up, written by Ming and Joanna Liu, Illustrated by Hattie Hyder, published 2016, 24 pages, $7.99 hard cover, ISBN-13: 978-1-63177-999-2 (HB)

The Review:  If you’re looking for a cute and whimsical book about the many possibilities a young child can imagine for themselves during their day-to-day lives, this is the book.  Beautifully written and illustrated, each page is captivating and tells the story, which is great bonus if you have little ones (ages…

Book Review: Ahni and Her Dancing Secret

The Facts:  Ahni and Her Dancing Secret, written by Shereen Rahming, Illustrated by Jeff Vernon, published 2016 USA, 32 pages, $11.95 paperback, ISBN-9780982651339 (HB), 9780982651346 (Pbk)

The Review:  If you’re looking for a book that teaches perseverance, self-love, self-confidence, goal setting, and persistence then look no further than Ahni and Her Dancing Secret.  Beautifully written and illustrated, each page is captivating and tells the story, which is great bonus if you have little ones (ages 1-4) or early readers.

I read…