This week we have enjoyed reading books by these diverse authors of children’s literature!
Hey Black Child (2017)
Author: Useni Eugene Perkins
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
📚A truly inspirational and motivating book for all children! Affirming once again that they can learn, do and be whatever they put their mind to!
Kenya’s Art (2016)
Author: Linda Trice
Illustrator: Hazel Mitchell
📚Children will learn the importance of recycling and how to reuse items to make fun art! We reused water bottles and dried out marker lids to make maracas! Recycle! Reuse! Make Art!
Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa (2005)
Author: Veronica Chambers
Illustrator: Julie Maren
📚our maracas came in handy while reading and learning about the life of Celia Cruz!
Look What Brown Can Do! (2015)
Author: T. Marie Harris
Illustrator: Neda Ivanova
📚Another inspirational book for children with photographs and mini bios on influential African-Americans such as; Barack Obama, Gordan Parks, Maya Angelou and many more!
Meet Yasmin! (8•1•2018)
Author: Saadia Faruqi
Illustrator: Hatem Aly
📚Yasmin is a little girl who knows what she wants to do, sets her mind to it and gets it done! Over the four chapters in this book we see Yasmin explorer, paint, build and design a fabulous dress! Yasmin also teaches us fascinating facts about Pakistan and some words in Urdu!
Author: Andrea Loney
Illustrator: Carmen Sadaña
📚BunnyBear is also featured in our 10 Springy Stories post this week! This book teaches an important lesson for children in that you may feel a different way than you look on the outside and that is quite okay! And that there are others who feel this way too!
The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk (2015)
Authors: Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal
Illustrator: Jess Golden
📚A spin on the classic song, The Wheels on the Bus! Ride the Tuk Tuk through India and eat Poppa-doppa-doms along the way! A Tuk Tuk is public transportation and Poppa-doppa-doms are crisp flat snacks made from dried lentils! A wonderful mother and son collaboration!
Ruth and the Green Book (2010)
Authors: Calvin Alexander Ramsey & Gwen Strauss
Illustrator: Floyd Cooper
📚The Green Book was an actual book that assisted African-Americans when traveling in the United States! Officially called, The Negro Motorist Green Book, it was published from 1936 until 1964 by Victor Hugo Green!
Join Ruth and her family as they travel from Chicago to Alabama in 1952 to visit her grandma and their first introduction to the Green Book!
Under the Same Sun (2014)
Author: Sharon Robinson
Illustrator: A.G. Ford
📚Sharon Robinson takes us on a beautiful journey back to Africa with this story based on her brother, who decided to relocate to Africa to return to his ancestral past and make a home for his family! Robinson is the daughter of the baseball legend Jackie Robinson!
Puerto Rico Strong (2018)
Authors & Illustrators: Vita Ayala, Rosa Colon, Fabian Nicieza, and others
📚Puerto Rico Strong is a book celebrating the rich history and culture of Puerto Rico! The book also addresses the present state of the Island since Hurricane Maria hit in the fall of 2017. The strength, unity and perseverance of the people is shown though they have faced many many years of injustice and mistreatment! In comic book form, this book will appeal to all ages and definately educate you on the history of Puerto Rico!
Swift Walker: A Journey around the Ocean (2016)
Author: Verlyn Tarlton
Illustrator: Norma Andriani Eka Putri
📚Verlyn Tarlton is an author we have previously featured and one we enjoy! We can always learn a thing or two, or three, or four from Swift Walker! We read about his ocean journey after our visit to the aquarium! The Swift Walker series is a fun way for children to learn!
June Peters, You Will Change the World One Day (2015)
Author: Alika Turner
Illustrator: Naafi Nr
📚Children are definately influencing and changing our world these days! June Peters is too! Her mission is to feed the homeless and she does just that with the support and help of her family! The children are our future and our future looks bright!