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Book Review: Alma and How She Got Her Name

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: Alma and How She Got Her Name, written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, published by Candlewick Press in China 2018, 30 pages.

 

Summary:  Alma and How She Got Her Name is a visually captivating and wonderful read geared towards children ages 5 and up, grades K-5, and is an enjoyable book to read…

Book Review: This Is It

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: This Is It, written and illustrated by Daria Peoples-Riley, published by Greenwillow Books an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, New York, NY 2018, 30 pages, ISBN: 978-0-06-265776-3 (hardcover).

 

Summary:  This Is It is a visually stunning and great read geared towards children ages 5 and up, grades K-5, and is the perfect book…

Book Review: Let The Children March

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: Let The Children March, written by Monica Clark-Robinson and illustrated by Frank Morrison, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, NY 2018, 32 pages, ISBN: 9780544704527 (hardcover).

 

Summary:  Let The Children March is a visually stunning and important book that children of all ages should read and be exposed to. It is the…

Book Review: Little Freddie’s in A Zone

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: Little Freddie’s in A Zone, written by Tasha Fuller and illustrated by Andrew Smart, published by Go2Girls in Woodbridge, VA, 2015, 24 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9860656-1-3

 

Summary:  Little Freddie’s in A Zone is the story of a little boy with big dreams and aspirations. Little Freddie loves sports and is inspired by some of…

Book Review: The Patience Song

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: The Patience Song, written by Dr. Crystal Bowe and illustrated by Mike Motz, published in the USA 2018, 30 pages.

 

Summary:  The Patience Song is a story of a little girl who struggles with patience. Each time she comes up against something that tests her patience, her parents teach her to cope with…

Book Review: Mahalia Jackson Walking with Kings and Queens

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:  Mahalia Jackson Walking with Kings and Queens by Nina Nolan, illustrated by John Holyfield, published in the USA 2015 by HarperCollins Publishers, 30 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-087944-0.

 

Summary:  Mahalia Jackson Walking with Kings and Queens is the story of a young Mahalia Jackson and her journey to becoming the Queen of Gospel. This book…

Book Review: Bright & the Bully

The Facts:  Bright & the Bully by T. W. Bright, illustrated by Mbekurius, published in the USA 2017 by 215 Publishing, 26 pages, ISBN 978-0999626603.

 

Summary:  Bright & the Bully is the story of how one boy teaches his classmates to deal with being bullied and turns the entire concept of bullying on its head by preaching love and understanding instead of teaching “revenge/vengeance or eye-for-an-eye theories” or the standard go tell an adult. This book is ideal for…

Book Review:  Jupiter Storm

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:  Jupiter Storm by Marti Dumas, illustrated by Stephanie Parcus, published in the USA 2017 by Plum Street Press, 237 pages, ISBN 978 – 1943169314.

 

Summary:  Jupiter Storm is the story of a very intelligent, science-loving, inquisitive 10-year-old girl named Jackie who likes to be in charge, mostly of her 5 unruly brothers. In…

Book Review: Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World

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The Facts:  Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World, written by L. A. Amber, illustrated by T. Z. Nissen, published in the USA 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 120 pages.

 

Summary:  Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World is a creative non-fiction book, bringing together the stories…

Book Review:  The Biggest Little Brother

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:  The Biggest Little Brother, story by Aminata Jalloh, pictures by Kim Sponaugle, published in the USA 2016 by Halo Publishing International, 31 pages, ISBN 13: 978-1-61244-467-3.

 

The Review:  The Biggest Little Brother is the sweet story of a young boy used to being the big brother learning to be the middle child when…