The Queen Girls are Back!

Last year I had the pleasure of being included in helping launch the Kickstarter campaign for Queen Girls Publications to present Bessie: Queen of the Sky and had a great interview with the team behind the books. So I am thrilled to announce that today they have launched their new Kickstarter campaign to promote their … Continue reading The Queen Girls are Back!

Discovering Jane Austen

Children today do not often read the classics. Not in the same way they were encouraged and assigned when I was younger. But some classics and some authors have always held an important place in the discussion of literature. The works of Jane Austen are some of those works. There are two beautiful picture books … Continue reading Discovering Jane Austen

Food Fight!

Did you know that M&M's were originally invented for the military? Did you know that battles were fought over cinnamon? Tanya Steel and National Geographic Kids have put together a fun book that teaches kids not only about food, but a bit of world history, geography and culture at the same time. The book is … Continue reading Food Fight!

Grandad Mandela

July 18, 2018 would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday. In honor of that date, his youngest daughter, Zindzi, and two of her grandchildren put together a book about Mandela in the format of questions that a child might ask about the man and his years in prison. Grandad Mandela is a very important story … Continue reading Grandad Mandela

Three Cheers for The People Awards

There have been a number of books in the last few years that are collections of 1-2 page biographies about important people in history written in an exceptionally engaging manner for kids. From Rebel Girls to Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Women Who Dared to National Geographic's Book of Heroes. But one thing … Continue reading Three Cheers for The People Awards

Hooray for Pride Month!

Every year, during the month of June, the LGBTQ community celebrates in a number of different ways. Since I no longer live in a large city with parades and festivities, I'm going to celebrate Pride Month here with a selection of amazing non-fiction picture books. I'm so impressed that this is becoming a topic that … Continue reading Hooray for Pride Month!

Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing

God Bless America. White Christmas. The Easter Parade. Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better). Alexander's Ragtime Band. What do all of these songs have in common? Irving Berlin, a Jewish immigrant who came to America in 1893 to escape religious persecution and wound up writing songs that are embedded into our national fiber. … Continue reading Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing