The Book Bag, Books for Ages 5 to 8, March/April 2008

Come Look with Me: Discovering Women Artists for Children by Jennifer Tarr Coyne. There is something for everyone in this collection of 12 paintings, and you don’t need to know a lot about art to enjoy it. You’ll find information about the artist, the painting, and questions to engage your reader. They will stimulate the reader’s curiosity and provide much food for thought and discussion. (Lickle Publishing, 2005) Come Look with Me: Discovering African American Art for Children by James Haywood Rolling, Jr. This is another in this series of books designed to introduce children to the fine arts. Our reviewer: “When I taught school, I used art in my history classes (high school level) to set context. This project … Read more

Moms Choice Awards Announced

The Moms Choice Awards® , sponsored by the Just for Mom Foundation, is a multi-faceted awards program that “honors excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services.” One of the categories — children’s books — is near and dear to my heart. Yesterday, The Moms Choice Awards® announced its 2008 honorees. I’ve been honored to be a judge for the past three years. One of the things I love about this program is the metrics used to evaluate products. MCA has all of the logical elements covered and looks at every product from several angles: parent, educator, general consumer. I am NOT a judge for children’s books, so it was fun for me to read the list of award winners. What … Read more