Books We Read in February

February 2009 [New Books Received: 41; Books Read: 27] This month there are plenty of new books and some old favorites, too. Since the favorites are child selected I decided to include them since that’s an indicator (at least to me) of just how much a story can mean to its audience! Previously reviewed books  aren’t counted in the monthly total, and this months “old favorites” won’t appear in any subsequent lists. Picture Books (all ages) 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World: Fun and Easy Eco-tips written and illustrated by Melanie Walsh review Bats at the Beach written and illustrated by Brian Lies (review to come) Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation written by Andrea … Read more

Book Review: Boycott Blues

Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation written by:  Andrea Davis Pinkney Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney published by: Amistad/Greenwillow, 2008 Audience (reading level): 6 to 9 (Flesch-Kincaid 2.0) Come along as Dog Tired, a “feisty hound,” starts singing the blues. Listen as he tells you about Jim Crow, Rosa Parks and her refusal to move to the back of the bus.  Rub your tired feet while he reminds you to keep the faith on day 100 … 200 … 300 of the Montgomery bus boycott. Then cheer as  the Supreme Court tells Jim Crow to fly away on day 382. Wow! I really don’t know where to begin in describing the book. There are so many layers. Boycott Blues … Read more

Poetry Friday: My Hippo Has the Hiccups (book review)

My Hippo Has the Hiccups and Other Poems I Totally  Made Up Poems by: Kenn Nesbitt Illustrated by: Ethan Long Published by: Jabberwocky/Sourebooks (April 2009) Kenn Nesbitt’s newest book of poetry, My Hippo Has the Hiccups will arrive on bookstore shelves in April 2009. That said, since the title poem is all over the Internet and a few of the other poems are on Kenn’s Poetry4Kids.com website, I felt comfortable posting a review. Last week, on one of the days schools were closed, Catherine and I grabbed some hot chocolate and a bunch of books. Thankfully we weren’t reading and sipping at the same time. Otherwise, we would have had a mess! Among the 150 odd pages, you’ll find poems … Read more