“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson

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Even when my girls were little, we’d go down there, my grandmother tells us.  And people’d be marching. The marching didn’t just start yesterday. Police with those dogs, scared everybody near to death.  Just once I let my girls march.   Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical memoir in verse about the author’s childhood inRead more

“The Book With No Pictures” by B.J. Novak

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The Book With No Pictures is an inherently silly book, even though (and perhaps because) it doesn’t contain any pictures.  B.J. Novak tells the story through two distinct voices.  The first is the text itself, which features onomatopoeia and absurd phrases such as “… and my head is made of blueberry pizza”.  The text isRead more

“Summer and Bird” by Katherine Catmull

Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull is the story of two little girls who discover the magic in their world.  Their mother is secretly the queen of the birds, and their father is an ornithologist.  Before they were born, the mother’s swan form was locked away, and she has been living as a human everRead more

“Missing May” by Cynthia Rylant

“Missing May,” by Cynthia Rylant, is a children’s book set in West Virginia.  I read it as part of a class on multicultural librarianship. The protagonist, Summer, is a young girl who is adopted by her Aunt May and Uncle Ob, who live in a trailer in West Virginia.  Although they don’t have much money,Read more

“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline L’Engle

  Yes, this is a throwback to my childhood.  “A Wrinkle in Time” was one of those books that was inspirational to me as a kid. The book is centered upon the Murray family, whose members are all awesome and nerdy.  There’s Meg, who is a misfit and doesn’t do well at school because sheRead more

“The Everything Seed: A Story of Beginnings” by Carol Martignacco

  Every religion has its own creation myth, and these myths are often taught to children in the form of stories.  A few years ago, I babysat some kids whose parents weren’t religious.  Their parents had given them this very cool book, however, that preserves the magic of a creation story. “The Everything Seed” isRead more

“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  Today’s review is a bit of a reminiscence of childhood.  The Little Prince is one of the most beautiful children’s books ever written, and the story remains touching as an adult. The novella tells the story of a pilot who crashes in the Sahara desert.  While there, he meets a young prince who hailsRead more