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Becoming Bach

Becoming Bach

Becoming Bach Written and illustrated by Tom Leonard Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2017 ISBN #978-1-62672-286-6   Grades K and up   Book Review   “New sounds, happy sounds, quiet sounds, yellow sounds, red sounds, blue sounds. All the sounds in my head.” In Becoming Bach, a picture book biography written and illustrated by Tom […]

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 […]

Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal: A Brave Boy from Pakistan

Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal: A Brave Boy from Pakistan Written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter Published in 2014 by Beach Lane Books ISBN: 978-4814-2294-9 Grades 2-5 Book Review Stories can help explain the unspeakable, inspire bravery, and conquer fear. As the world faces and responds to violence rooted in social and political forces, […]

Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence

Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence Written by Gretchen Woelfle and Illustrated by Alix Delinois Published in 2014 by Carolhoda BooksISBN 978-0-7613-6589-1 Grades 2-8 Book Review “Mankind in a state of Nature are equal, free, and independent.” As Mumbet carried a tray of drinks to the men penning these words, she wondered Wasn’t she a part of […]