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John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien

John Ronald's Dragons

John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien Written by Caroline McAlister; Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2017 ISBN # 978-1626720923   Grades K-5   Book Review “John Ronald was a boy who loved horses. And trees. And strange sounding words. But most of all, John Ronald loved dragons.” […]

March: Book Three – National Book Award, Sibert Medal, YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction, Coretta Scott King Author Award, Printz Award

March Book Three

March: Book Three Written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, Illustrated by Nate Powell Published by Top Shelf Productions ISBN: 978-1-60309-402-3 Grades 7-Up Book Review Many Americans outside of the black community may only understand the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s through the actions of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Many have never […]

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat – 2017 Caldecott Medal Winner

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Winner of the 2017 Caldecott Award Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Written and Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe Published in 2016 by Little Brown ISBN 978-0-316-21388-2   Grades PreK – Grade 12 Book Review “Somewhere in Brooklyn, between hearts that thump, double Dutch, and hopscotch and salty mouths that slurp sweet ice, […]

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer, Orbis Pictus Recommended Title

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Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer Written by Diane Stanley, Illustrated by Jessie Hartland Published by Simon and Schuster ISBN: 978-1-4814-5249-6 Book Review “She was perfect for the job. She understood how the engine worked. She was a good writer. And she had the vision to see, better even than Babbage himself, […]

Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White

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Written by Melissa Sweet Afterword by Martha White Published in 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades K-6 ISBN: 978-0-544-31959-2 Book Review “All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.” Elwyn Brooks White, better known as E.B. White to the world and Andy […]

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Written by Debbie Levy; Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016 ISBN # 978-1-4814-6559-5   Grades K and up   Book Review “Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others […]

Trombone Shorty

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Trombone Shorty Written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Illustrated by Bryan Collier Published in 2015 by Abrams Books ISBN: 978-1-4197-1465-8 Orbis Pictus Award 2016, Recommended Book Grades K-8 Book Review “Where y’at?” –  a New Orleans style greeting opens this picture book autobiography of accomplished musician Troy Andrews, known best as Trombone Shorty. Speaking […]

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore Written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Published in 2015 by Carolrhoda Books, ISBN 978-0761339434 Grades 4 – 8 Book Review “The House of Common Sense and the Home of Proper Propaganda” — also known as the National Memorial African Book Store […]

An A from Miss Keller

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An A from Miss KellerWritten and illustrated by Patricia PolaccoPublished by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015ISBN #978-0399166914 Book Review Beloved author, illustrator, and storyteller Patricia Polacco shares another heartwarming account of an influential teacher with her latest picturebook, An A from Miss Keller. In this memoir, Trisha is flattered and excited to […]

Ira’s Shakespeare Dream

Ira’s Shakespeare Dream Written by Glenda Armand and Illustrated by Floyd Cooper Published in 2015 by Lee and Low Books Grades 2-7 ISBN: 9781620141557 Book Review “This above all,–To thine own self be true…” As a young African American boy, Ira Frederick Aldridge sat spellbound as Shakespeare’s Hamletwas brought to life on the stage of […]