Women of Peace!

During the month of March, in celebration of Women’s History Month, we have been reading and learning about many, many inspirational women who have touched and influenced the lives of millions of people! People of Peace features both men and women who have fought for and advocated for peace in our world! Here are a few of the women we read about.

💫Bertha von Suttner (June 9, 1843-June 21, 1914)

Suttner is the author of, “Lay Down Your Arms!” (1889) and was a leader for peace in Austria. Pacifist, novelist and journalist Suttner promoted peace throughout her life! Suttner was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905!

💫Wangari Maathai (April 1, 1940-Sept. 25, 2011)

An environmentalist in the African country of Kenya, Maathai encouraged women to plant trees not only to protect and preserve nature but to also provide women with sustanable work! Maathai was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree in 1971! Maathai fought against the corrupt Kenyan government and called for open elections. In 2004 she became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her dedication and work to protect the environment!

💫Rigoberta Menchú member of the K’iche’ Maya indigenous people in Guatemala, spoke up and successfully fought against their exploitation. In 1992 at age 33, Menchú became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize!

💫Sophie Scoll. (May 9, 1921-Feb. 22, 1943)

Scoll, age 21, a rebel against the Nazis, executed for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets at the University of Munich!

💫Tegla Loroupe, winner of the 1994 New York marathon uses sports to promote unity and freedom with her foundation. Loroupe works with refugees in Kenya, six of whom participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio!

Read much more about these and many other amazing women (and some amazing men too) in:

People of Peace: Meet 40 Amazing Activist (2018)

Authors: Sandrine Mirza

Illustrator: Le Duo

Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group-Wide Eye Edition

Publishing Date: May 3, 2018

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People of Peace was recieved courtesy of Quarto Publishing and Netgalley. This review is based on my own reading and opinions.

7 Books To Read If You Love Chocolate!

Do you love chocolate? Do you love books? If so, then here are 7 chocolatey books to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Chocolatina (1998)

Author: Erik Kraft

Illustrator: Denise Brunkus

📚Tina loves chocolate so much her nickname is Chocolatina! Chocolatina loves chocolate so much she wishes she was chocolate! Perhaps she will get her wish!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)

Author: Roald Dahl

Illustrator: Quentin Blake

📚A Chocolately Classic!

The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Fraction Book (1999)

Author: Jerry Pallotta

Illustrator: Rob Bolster

📚Did you know that chocolate makes learning fractions easy and fun!

Chocolate Fever (1972)

Author: Robert Kimmel Smith

Illustrator: Gioia Fiammenghi

📚Another deliciously chocolatety classic! But this one might give you the Chocolate Fever!

Love Monster and the Last Chocolate (2015)

Author: Rachel Bright

Illustrator: Rachel Bright

Love Monster loves chocolates so much, he almost does not share with his friends! But he has a change of heart and learns a very valuable lesson in the end!

Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory (1998)

Author: Margret & H.A. Rey

Illustrator: Vipah Interactive

📚Curious George + A Chocolate Factory. You do the math!

If You Give a Mouse a Brownie (2016)

Author: Laura Numroff

Illustrator: Felicia Bond

📚Warning: Never give Mouse a brownie unless you also have, ice cream, a guitar, a stage, etc…

This Week’s Diverse Children’s Books!

We enjoyed reading books by these eight diverse authors of children’s literature this past week!

All the Colors of the Earth (1994)

Author & Illustrator: Sheila Hamanaka

📚Children represent the diversity and colorfulness of our world! Hamanaka has created a beautifully illustrated book celebrating children of the world in all their differences and similarities!

The Ring Bearer (2017)

Author & Illustrator: Floyd Cooper

📚Little Jackson’s Mama is getting married and he has two big jobs! Walking the ring down the aisle without tripping, and being the best new big brother ever!

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (2014)

Author & Illustrator: Duncan Tonatiuh

📚This is the story of the groundbreaking case, Mendez v. Westminster School District (1946). The California federal circuit court case that ruled school segregation unconstitutional! The Mendez decision came down eight years before the Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education! A must read!

Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair (2013)

Author: Ariane Roberts

Illustrator: Shida Davis

📚Celebrate natural hair in all its forms and glory with Jamie, who loves her natural hair!

Swift Walker: A Space Adventure (2016)

Author: Verlyn Tarlton

Illustrator: Ravshan Karimov

📚Learn cool and interesting facts about the planets with Swift on his space adventure!

Freedom Over Me: Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams (2016)

Author & Illustrator: Ashley Bryan

📚Meet eleven people who had hopes and dreams just like we all do! Eleven people; bought, sold, stripped from their homes and culture, renamed and called slaves! Yet, they never let go of their dreams!

That is My Dream (2017)

Author: Langston Hughes

Illustrator: Daniel Miyares

📚An illustrated tribute to Langston’s poem, “Dream Variations”.

Books and Bricks: How a School Rebuilt the Community (2017)

Author: Sindiwe Magona

Illustrator: Cornelius Van Wright

📚A South African school lacking resources and constantly targeted by criminals. This is the story of how students, families and teachers came together to create a better learning environment for the community!

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Until the next Journey…