On Two Feet & Wings – A Boy’s True Story of leaving Tehran

Every summer I get a weekly text from AudioBooks Sync. The SYNC program is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+ that pairs two books weekly and allows people to download them for as long as needed to listen.Β  I've found some really interesting reads over the years and have been intrigued how they … Continue reading On Two Feet & Wings – A Boy’s True Story of leaving Tehran

Curiosity and Creativity can Make a Difference

Air pollution. It is everywhere. As a child in Los Angeles, I remember having smog alerts and days where they didn't want you to play outside because the air quality was not great. Some have made great strides to reduce the pollution that we produce, but it continues to be a problem. In the US, … Continue reading Curiosity and Creativity can Make a Difference

How to Code a Sandcastle – a Picture Book for the STEM revolution

The world of coding is growing by leaps and bounds. A few years ago, Reshma Saujani started Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization formed to help close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. They want to help encourage girls to get active in the … Continue reading How to Code a Sandcastle – a Picture Book for the STEM revolution

Libba – The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

Music is something that can touch you very deeply. Many religions use music in prayer. Workers have long used singing to keep the drudgery of their jobs at bay. It can pick us up when we are down and soothe us when we are out of sorts. For the nonfiction picture book challenge, I give … Continue reading Libba – The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

Margaret and the Moon

Hidden Figures sparked a lot of thought about women and space. The movie really got a lot of people thinking and talking about how women were treated differently in the quest to get to the moon, but also how vital they were. Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing, by … Continue reading Margaret and the Moon

Malala – Free As a Bird

There are many picture books available about Malala Yousfzai. I have reviewed a few of them on this site. When looking at a new book about her life, rather than considering it another explanation of her life, you start to look at what make it different, what part of her life they are really looking … Continue reading Malala – Free As a Bird

You Can Do Anything – an inspirational tale with a Hip-Hop beat

One of the neat things about being an Independent Consultant with Usborne Books & More is coming across titles that I would never normally pick up, but that hold some pretty amazing messages. The newest in that category is Hip and Hop, You Can Do Anything, by Akala. Akala is an award winning UK Hip-Hop … Continue reading You Can Do Anything – an inspirational tale with a Hip-Hop beat

Princess Lila Builds a Tower

Princess Lila is a princess who had everything in order to be happy, and yet she wasn't. She lived in an enormous castle, had all of the material things a princess could hope for and servants to take care of her every need. But she wasn't allowed outside of the walls of her castle and … Continue reading Princess Lila Builds a Tower

Fancy Party Gowns

The Story of Ann Cole Lowe is not one that I probably would have ever heard of if not for the new biography, Fancy Party Gowns, by Deborah Blumenthal. Her story, however, is important in the world of fashion, women, and African-American history. Ann Cole Lowe learned how to sew from her mother and grandmother … Continue reading Fancy Party Gowns

A Little Dash of Confidence

Being a kid is hard. Every day a new challenge comes around that might stop you in your tracks. How you deal with it is key. There are a lot of books out these days about believing in yourself. I've written a bunch about the idea of believing in yourself in the past, but it … Continue reading A Little Dash of Confidence