We enjoyed reading these 10 Diverse Authors of Children’s Literature this week!
My Friend Maya Loves to Dance (2010)
Author: Cheryl Willis Hudson
Illustrator: Eric Velasquez
📚Do you have that one friend that seems to dance through life or seems to dance to the beat of their own drum? That’s Maya! If there is a beat in the air or even one in her head she is dancing! Graceful, carefree, and happy-go-lucky Maya reminds us to dance every opportunity we get!
Dancing in the Wings (2000)
Author: Debbie Allen
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
📚Yes, we had dance fever this week! And yes, this book is written by…Debbie Allen! You may know Allen from the 80’s hit show, Fame! Or more recently, Grey’s Anatomy! Debbie Allen is an actress, dancer, choreographer, director and producer! Add author to that list and Allen is doing her thing!!!
Sassy is the star of this story. Sassy wants to dance more than anything in the world and nothing or no one can deter her from her dream! Find out how hard work, focus and determination makes Sassy’s dream come true!
A Child’s Introduction to African-American History: The experiences, people and events that shaped our country (2018)
Author: Jabari Asim
Illustrator: Lynn Gaines
📚This book is an amazing resource for teaching children African-American history! Jammed packed with important dates, events, people and places! A must have for your personal home library and a book that should be readily available in all schools! This books takes us on a journey from Africa to the Black Lives Matter Movement of today! A treasure of pertinent information that all children can learn and grow from!
Lalo Wants a Real Name (2015)
Author: Julia Mercedes Castilla
Illustrator: Stephanie Harlow
📚Lalo does not like his name because no one else he knows has, “Lalo”, as a name! He does not want this strange name, he wants a real name like… Bobby or Matthew. A story about embracing your name, heritage and being proud of who you are, Lalo’s grandparents just want to love their little Lalo.
Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland shows a young girl how to dance like the firebird (2014)
Author: Misty Copeland
Illustrator: Christopher Myers
📚Encouraging words from acclaimed ballerina Misty Copeland to always keep dancing towards your dreams!
My Brother Charlie (2010)
Author: Holly Robinson Peete & Ryan Elizabeth Peete
Illustrator: Shane W. Evans
📚A beautiful story about the bond and love between siblings! This story is based on the son and twin sibling of Holly Robinson Peete and her daughter Ryan. As in real life, Charlie has autism but as his sister states… “Autism does not have Charlie.” This is a great book to read to promote autism awareness amongst peers.
Holly Robinson Peete is an actress and singer. Best known for roles on, 21 Jump Street, Hangin’ With Mister Cooper and most recently her own family reality show, For Peete’s Sake!
We Came to America (2016)
Author: Faith Ringgold
Illustrator: Faith Ringgold
📚Wheter one or one’s ancestors came to America freely or in bondage, we all deserve respect and equality!
This Is It (2018)
Author: Daria Peoples-Riley
Illustrator: Daria Peoples-Riley
📚This is it! Our last dance book of the week!!! This is it! This is the book to help you conquer your doubts and your fears and just do it!!!
Tía Isa Wants a Car (2011)
Author: Meg Medina
Illustrator: Claudia Muñoz
📚Tía Isa wants a car! She does not care what anyone else thinks (especially Tío Andrés!) She does not even really care what the car looks like as long as it is green as the ocean was outside her childhood window! Just as long as it takes her family where they want to go…the beach of course!
Mae Among the Stars (2018)
Author: Roda Ahmed
Illustrator: Stasia Burrington
📚This is an important book with a powerful message for both children and adults! Do not let anyone ever deter or distract you from your dreams!!! This story is based on Mae Jemison the first African-American female to become an astronaut and travel to space! Mae held fast to her dreams and reached the stars!!!
We read so many inspiring and encouraging stories this week! Hope you find one that inspires you to follow your dreams!!!
Until the next Journey…