The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

The new movie “Loving” premiere’s today in select theaters and has been getting a lot of attention including Oscar buzz. The movie tells the story of George and Mildred Loving, who fought to stay married as an interracial couple.

What many don’t know is that there is also a children’s book that tells the Lovings’ story.

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Loving v. Virginia was a Supreme Court case many are still not aware of. What’s unique about Loving v. Virginia is that it had no political motivation, it was motivated by love. Two people wanted to be married, they just happened to be different races. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage is a children’s picture book that tells their story in a way that is endearing, so much so that even the littlest one would understand.

June 12 is the 49th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision, and there is no better time to introduce a child to and celebrate love, unity and tolerance – and reading The Case for Loving is a great way to do it. This book has it all: a great story, emotive illustrations and best of all, a great moral lesson. It is also a great way to introduce…

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I’m a Little Green Witch

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Goblins and ghosts and witches, oh my! Get ready for some Halloween fun with I’m a Little Green Witch, a Halloween-themed picture book that features story rhymes that mimic tunes  of traditional nursery rhymes that children know and love!

Some of the poems included in this quirky book of story rhymes include:

  • Willa’s Wild Ride, which mimics the tune of  “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” nursery rhyme;
  • I’m a Hairy, Scary Spider, which mimics the “Itsby Bitsy Spider” song;
  •  Little Jack Mummy, a creepy poem about a little boy who eats his pinky that mimics the rhyme of “Little Jack Horner.”

There is a poem of every type  – silly, icky, scary and just plain fun. If you have a little one that loves both nursery rhymes and Halloween, this book, with bright and colorful illustrations is sure to please!

Written by: Kelly Polark  Illustrated by: Kelli Ann Little

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Little Blue Truck’s Halloween: A Lift-the-Flap Book!

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Little Blue Truck is on his way to a Halloween celebration and on the way he meets up with his animal friends who are dressed for the occasion! This delightful picture book is part of the Little Blue Truck series and does not disappoint.

As Little Blue travels to a Halloween event, he finds animal friends dressed from everything from a dragon and princess, to a witch, a clown and more. It’s up to the young reader to determine what animal is dressed in which costume by lifting each page flap.

Little Blue Truck’s Halloween will entertain children with the silly costumes that Blue’s animal friends wear, but it’s ability to entertain while also engaging the young reader in a hand and eye coordination activity, makes it educational as well.

If you are looking for a fun, entertaining Halloween picture book that also encourages reader participation, and encourages friendship, Little Blue Truck’s Halloween is a book your little one is sure to enjoy. And if you have a child who loves cars and trucks, checkout the rest of the books in the Little Blue Truck series.

Little Blue Trucks’s Halloween: By Alice Schertle

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Grace for President!

 

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With all the presidential campaign debates taking place lately, I’m inclined to once again review the awesome children’s book Grace for President – a picture book that is both educational and entertaining. Children will love Grace for President  because it teaches them about the election process in a scenario that is familiar. Parents will love this book because it encourages children to be ambitious and to believe that they can achieve anything they set their minds to!

Grace for President, begins with an innocent question from a little girl named Grace but then results in a race for school president!  The tale begins when Grace is shown a large poster featuring all of the past U.S. presidents, and she notices that none of them are women. Grace then asks her teacher “Where’s the women?” – to which her teacher responds, and informs Grace that there’s never been a female president. This bothers Grace something awful, and she then decides that she will run for class president of her school. Grace wants to show her classmates that women can be president too! Besides, how hard can it be? Or so Grace thinks to herself.

The next day, its announced that Grace has an opponent from another class – one who happens to be the Spelling Bee champion, AND captain of the soccer team. Grace realizes running for president won’t be as easy as she thought, but she doesn’t let it discourage her, and presses on, working hard to win the election. She does doing everything from handing out cupcakes to joining the school safety squad and creating a school beautification committee.

 Grace for President is an absolute treat of a picture book for many reasons. First, its simplistic style of educating children about politics in a way children can understand is genius. Also, its non-preachy lesson, and fun illustrations featuring diverse children of all races and every skin shade is brilliant, as it will make all children feel as though they can relate and do what Grace does. And most importantly, it encourages young girls and children in general to be ambitious through a fun civic lesson that has the reader wondering what will happen next! If these are themes that are important to you, purchase Grace for President today!

 

Grace for President

Author: Kelly DiPucchio / Illustrator: Leuyen Pham

Available at: Teaching for Change bookstores, Amazon.com

 

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My Name is Celia Cruz: The Life of Celia Cruz / Me Llamo Celia Cruz: La Vida de Celia Cruz

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It’s Hispanic American Heritage Month, and in recognition I’m reviewing the bilingual picture book My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Mi Llamo Celia Cruz: La Vida de Celia Cruz.

Celia Cruz was a salsa music legend, known as the Queen of Salsa, and rightly so. Had she not brought her beautiful music to the United States, salsa music would not be what it is today in the U.S. Celia was born in Cuba, and she grew up around beautiful music and colorful clothing, both of which influenced her singing. She came from humble beginnings; her father was a railroad worker- but their lives were filled with music that brought them much joy, despite being poor.

Celia was gifted at a young age and would sing songs with both African and Cuban rhythms to her family as well as neighbors. She did well in school and was encouraged by her teacher to “go into the world and sing.” Celia began singing in competitions with her cousin, but some would not let her sing because of her dark skin – but that didn’t discourage her! She left Cuba during the revolution, and moved to the U.S., where she became a U.S. citizen. Celia brought salsa music to America that blended rock, rumba, mambo and jazz music. Celia Cruz was so successful as a singer in America that she was honored by presidents, and became known as the Queen of Salsa.

My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Mi Llamo Celia Cruz: La Vida de Celia Cruz is a wonderful children’s book, not only because it teaches us about a celebrated singer of Hispanic origin, but also because of it is  a story of triumph, that educates children about a woman who crossed borders and broke boundaries to pursue a talent that enriched and changed the world. The book’s beautiful illustrations do a beautiful job of representing the energy that Celia brought to her music, and the descriptions of the sounds of nature and food she cooked with her family encourages children to pay attention to their surroundings to find inspiration to be creative. Most of all, it is a book that teaches children that you can overcome obstacles if you don’t give up, and that is a lesson any child of color should be taught at a young age, if they are to survive and be successful in life.

Written by: Monica Brown
Illustrated by: Rafael Lopez
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Dress Up Day

Labor Day is upon us and what better time to get children thinking about what he or she wants to be when they grow up by reading them a fun book to get the wheels in their brain turning? Dress Up Day  is a fun picture book that does just that!

Dress Up Day   is a children’s picture book that encourages playtime and dress up with other kids. While it doesn’t discuss Labor Day, it is also a book that can introduce discussion by parents of their own occupation with their children, as well as encourage their child’s dreams for the future. The book invites the reader to play dress up with her and her friends as they  try on several different outfits and visualize themselves in different careers.

Dress Up Day has fun rhymes, and colorful illustrations depicting both girls and boys of diverse backgrounds. Career roles depicted in the book include everything from doctor and farmer, to police officer and fireman, as well as roles children especially little girls – may not normally see in books, including the role of judge, soldier and a pilot. It is a great book for encouraging young children to dream. It’s never too early to start planning for your child’s future, so why not get some help in doing it with a book!

Dress-Up Day: Written by: Tina Marie Kaht &  llustrated by Hatice Bayramoglu

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I Am So Brave!

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August is the time of year when children are returning to school, and also when many others will be attending school, kindergarten or Pre-K for the first time. I Am So Brave! is a delightful board book about overcoming fears and the perfect book to calm anxieties that children around this time can develop as they prepare to enter that new stage in their lives called school.

I Am So Brave!  begins with a little boy expressing his fear of large dogs, and ends with the child conquering his fear of saying goodbye to his mother to go to daycare. The book also addresses other common childhood fears such as the fear of swimming, loud noises and the all too familiar fear of the dark at bedtime. The genius of the book is in its approach to helping overcome fear; instead of insisting that there is nothing to be afraid of, which often just makes children feel misunderstood, the book shows children positive, beneficial and even exciting outcomes that result from overcoming each fear.

For example, the little boy, while initially afraid of the dark, turns his attention to the beauty of the star-lit sky at night and  discovers that the night is not something to be feared, but rather something filled with mystery and wonder.

With simple but effective examples in rhyme, I Am So Brave!  teaches children that it is not necessary to fear things that are new, and that new things in life can actually be fun and enriching. It also teaches children that while something may look or sound terrible at first, when viewed objectively can actually end up being something we grow to like or even love, rather than hating or fearing. And with all the different and sometimes difficult stages that children go through in their lifetime, it’s a valuable lesson to learn, and one that can be incredibly helpful when learned at a young age.

I Am So Brave!

Written by: Stephen Krensky
Illustrated by: Sara Gillingham

 

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