I first heard about this book while doing a random Google search for Filipino books. And I wasn’t even sure this was a book I’d actually get to read since it seemed so obscure but when I was doing (yet another) random search for Filipino books on a library’s database, not only did they have it but they also had it in.
I didn’t realize this early reader chapter book was part of a series introducing young readers to different sports- in this instance tinikling which is a Filipino folk dance involving bamboo poles.
Lito is teased by some boys when they overhear he dances but his family helps him overcome it to help shine a light on his Filipino culture.
The first must read picture book of 2023. Kwame Alexander uses his skills as poet to write about a very difficult- but necessary- topic to broach in the classrooms. Dare Coulter’s various art throughout the story compliments the powerful text and will hopefully give readers plenty to think and talk about.
A sweet companion to The Proudest Blue with the sister of the main character from the first book having her turn to learn about herself and others.
A random pick while browsing the library shelves. I thought it was going to be a wacky tale of anticipating a relative’s arrival but I was surprised and impressed that this very sparse picture book was actually about “disappearing people” due to government/military involvement causing a neverending source of grief and pain to their loved ones and usually offering no sort of closure.
Renée Watson does it again in this appropriately lyrical biography of the celebrated writer and activist Maya Angelou. Also contributing to the awesomeness of this book is Bryan Collier’s always impressive artwork.
What the Artist Saw is a new picture book biography series that introduces readers to artists and includes activities they can do themselves. This one focuses on Vincent Van Gogh. What I appreciated is that there were images of some of his work to help me better understand his art. I will definitely continue checking out the other books in this series.
As someone who’s read and enjoyed The Prophet, this picture book biography caught my eye. I didn’t realize the author had lived in Boston (which, of course, made me reminisce about my visit there) and was just fascinated by his life. The back matter material was very insightful. The collage artwork were beautiful.
A fun and unique premise about an eight year old who starts his own barbershop business after he discovers he has a knack for cutting hair. I wish the character was a bit older for some reason.
Delightful. The perfect blend of spooky and silly perfect for fans who’ve outgrown Desmond Cole, Ghost Patrol and ready to sink their teeth into Goosebumps-style scary stories. Can’t wait for the next book.
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