Penguins

If You Were a Penguin by Florence Minor

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Back of Book: In this simple, rhyming picture book, the youngest readers will learn about penguins.
My Review:
One of my absolute favorite units to study with my students is my Penguin Unit. My students are always completely amazed at all the different things penguins can do. “If you were a Penguin” is a perfect picture book for preschool. It is an excellent introduction for younger audiences about the different types of penguins and the different areas that they live in. The text is simple and easy for readers to follow along with. The illustrations are lovely and vivid. The back of the book has penguin fun facts and a list of all the kinds of penguins. A great read aloud for the classroom
Ages 4 and up
32 Pages

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Read Your World

Smelling Sunshine By Constance Anderson

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Back of Book:
All around the world in cities, towns and villages large and small clothes are washed. They are hung to dry in the breeze and sunshine and children everywhere revel in the fun of helping with the laundry. Smelling Sunshine captures some of the special moments of this day-to-day chore a wonderful, heart-warming time shared between parent and child and an experience young readers will relate to
My Review:
I was thrilled to be chosen to review this book for the Multiracial Literature Day 2018. This day was organized by some amazing people who believe that every culture should be in children’s books. I was sent Smelling Sunshine by Star Bright Books Publishing.
I love the beauty and simplicity of this story. It follows several children from several different countries as they all preform the chore of washing clothes. I loved that the text is filled with strong descriptive words that allow a reader to feel like they are there with the children. The illustrations in this book are stunning and filled with vivid colors. I found myself wishing I could visit each place in the story. This is a beautiful picture book that is diverse and shows all races and cultures. I highly recommend this book.
Ages 4 and up
32 Pages

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Civil Rights

Let the Children March By Monica Clark-Robinson

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Back of Book: In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world.
My Review:
This is an incredibly moving picture book about the children who marched in Birmingham Alabama. The text in this story is gripping and always readers to be a part of a difficult time in history. When the adults cannot march the children do. The text is written in a first-person narrative and follows a young girl and her brother as they face water, dogs, and jail. The illustrations are stunning and emotional! This is perfect book to read to start discussions about Civil Rights.  The back of the book has a great afterword and note from the illustrator. A must read for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

math, Science

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman

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Back of Book:
Did you know that the earth is covered in three trillion trees? And that seven billion people weigh about the same as ten quadrillion ants? Our world is full of constantly changing numbers, from a hundred billion trillion stars in space to thirty-seven billion rabbits on Earth. Can you imagine that many of anything?
My Review:
This is a wonderful story to read to children about the concept of estimation. The pages are filled with numbers about the stars in the sky, and trees on the earth. This is an excellent book to give to children who ask lots of questions. I love the creativeness of this story Seth Fishman did a terrific job of taking a simple concept like estimation and making it a beautiful picture book. The illustrations in this book are different from most I have seen. I love the diversity in each picture. All children are represented in these illustrations. This is one of those books that should be in every school and library.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost: Austria 1 (Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures by Janelle Diller

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Back of Book:
Welcome to Austria!
Nine-year-old Brooke Mason has lived all her life on a ranch in the Colorado Rockies. Now she’s headed to Austria with her mom. Brooke can’t wait! They even get to stay in Schloss Mueller, an ancient Austrian castle. Even better? There’s a girl Brooke’s age to play with! Eva, the girl who lives in Schloss Mueller is thrilled to meet Brooke. Unfortunately, the castle’s ghost isn’t quite so happy.
My Review:
I was thrilled to be chosen to review this book for the Multiracial Literature Day 2018. This day was organized by some amazing people who believe that every culture should be in children’s books. I was sent Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost: Austria by the author.
This is a perfect book for young readers who want to learn more about different countries and cultures. I learned several new things about the country of Austria while I was reading. This is the first in a series that follows Brooke and her new friend Eva. The mystery in this story is perfect for beginning readers. This series reminds me a bit of the Boxcar Children series. The illustrations are well drawn bring the details of the story to life. At the end of the book there is a section of facts about the country of Austria. I loved the recipe and the German words that readers could learn. Overall, I will be highly recommending this book to readers.
Ages 6 and up
104 Pages

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Civil Rights

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr By Jean Marzollo

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Back of Book:
This book is a beautifully-rendered study of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, Pinkney’s scratchboard and oil pastel illustrations convey both the strength and gentleness of King’s character. Both text and art carry his central message of peace and brotherhood among all people.
My Review:
I am teaching preschool this year so I am always looking for picture books that I can use to teach concepts in a simple way. The forward in this book explains to parents and educators how words can be changed for younger audiences. The text is simple and straightforward. The lustrations are truly stunning and shows readers the beauty of how Martin King brought people together.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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Civil Rights

The Cart That Carried Martin by Eve Bunting

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Back of Book:
The strength and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. permeate this picture book about the funeral of Dr. King in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1968. Quiet, yet affecting, THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN is a unique tribute to the life of a man known world-wide for his outstanding efforts as a leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
My Review:
Eve Bunting is a gifted author with the ability to bring a reader into whatever world she is writing about. She beautifully crafted this simple story that tells readers about the cart that carried Martin King’s body to be buried. The text is simple but tells the important true story of how Martin King was buried. Don Tate is an incredibly talented illustrator. He brings each picture to life. This is a great book to share in the classroom during MLK Day.
Ages 6 and up
32 Pages

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Civil Rights

My First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marion Dane Bauer

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Back of Book:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man. His words changed the way people thought, and his actions spurred them on to change the world
My Review:
This book is an excellent introduction to Martin Luther King Jr. for preschool and Kindergarten aged readers. It  discusses segregation using simple lyrical text that readers can understand. The illustrations  shows readers that white people and black people used to not be able to play at the same parks or go to the same schools. The illustrations are soft and warm. This book makes for an excellent read aloud in the classroom or at home.
Ages 4 and up
32 Pages

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Civil Rights, Uncategorized

I am Martin Luther King, Jr. by Brad Meltzer

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Back of Book:
Even as a child, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shocked by the terrible and unfair way African-American people were treated. When he grew up, he decided to do something about it—peacefully, with powerful words. He helped gather people together for nonviolent protests and marches, and he always spoke up about loving other human beings and doing what’s right. He spoke about the dream of a kinder, future, and bravely led the way toward racial equality in America.
My Review:
I love the talented team of Brad and Christopher. They do a terrific job of bringing history to life. Their books are unique in that they are set up like comic strips. This concept allows students who do not normally pick up books enjoy a biography. The text is written in a first-person narrative which allows readers to connect to the story. The back of the story has a timeline and pictures of Dr. King and his family.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Civil Rights

Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Guiding Beliefs (as told by his niece) By Angela Farris Watkins

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Back of Book:
The niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. reveals six timeless and universal principles that encompass the civil rights leader’s greatest legacy: Love will see you through.

Growing up as the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., Angela Farris Watkins witnessed firsthand the principles and values that “Uncle M.L.” practiced and lived by throughout his fight for equality. Drawing from experiences and episodes both personal and well-known, Dr. Watkins artfully details the guiding beliefs of one of the greatest men in history. Including “have courage” and “love your enemies,” these six hallmarks of virtue and nonviolence reinforce the truth that “the universe honors love” and will inspire readers of all ages.
My Review:
Martin Luther’s niece Angela has written several books about her uncle and his amazing strength. This book shares Martin’s Six Guiding Beliefs that he believed in. Each belief is explained in a way that children can understand and identify with. The overall theme of the book is that love conquers all. The illustrations in this book are beautiful. They show the strength and resilience that Martin had. This is a perfect book to read for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Ages 6 and up
32 Pages.

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