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Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White


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


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


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


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 […]

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees


Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees Written by Franck Prevot and Illustrated by Aurelia Fronty Published in 2015 by Charlesbridge ISBN 978-1-58089-626-9 Grades 3 – 8 Book Review “Wangari’s mother gives her a little garden. Wangari learns to dig and plant. In the shade of the big mugumo, her mother teaches her […]

Edward Hopper Paints His World

Edward Hopper Paints His World Written by Robert Burleigh and Illustrated by Wendell Minor Published in 2014 by Henry Holt ISBN 978-0-8050-8752-9 Grades 2 and Up Book Review “Edward Hopper: Hero, Explorer, and Artist” is the subject of the newest picture book biography collaboration of author Robert Burleigh and illustrator Wendell Minor. This representation of […]

Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl DreamingWritten by Jacqueline WoodsonPublished in 2014 by Nancy Paulsen BooksGrades 4 and up ISBN: 978-0-399-25251-8 Book ReviewTo refuel, rethink, and reconnect in life, we need only be reminded of the power of dreams. In Brown Girl Dreaming, acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson eloquently shares the story of her childhood and the dreams that propelled […]

Mr. Cornell’s DREAM BOXES

Mr. Cornell’s DREAM BOXES Written and Illustrated by Jeanette Winter Published by Beach Lane Books ISBN: 978-1-4424-9900-3 Grades 2-5 Book Review “If you had lived on Utopia Parkway not so long ago, you might have walked past this house.” In that house, if you looked closely, as author-illustrator Jeannette Winter asks the reader to do, […]