Remembering September 11 – #TBT Book Review

Next Friday is the anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attack on US soil. It is always a bittersweet day, and over time our remembrances have embodied what we saw in the aftermath of this tragedy. Carmen Agra Deedy’s 14 Cows for America is one of those books. It is not the only book about September 11, 2001. So in the spirits of remembrance and reflection, I invite our readers to add links to their favorite books (not just our featured title) about the events of September 11. 14 Cows for America written by Carmen Agra Deedy in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah illustrated Thomas Gonzalez Peachtree Publishers, 2009 In June 2002, Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah returns to his village in Kenya. … Read more

Rock On! Punk Farm by Jarrett K. Krosoczka a #TBT Book Review

One of the very first books my (then) Kindergartner brought home from the school library was Punk Farm by Jarrett K. Krosoczka. What a sweet beginning to her elementary career. So, to celebrate all the young students (and their parents) sharing the joys of the school library, we’ve pulled up this early favorite for this week’s Throwback Thursday book review.  Punk Farm written and illustrated by Jarrett K. Krosoczka Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2005 Tonight’s the B-I-G night. Sheep, Cow, Goat, Chicken, and Pig, aka the band Punk Farm, has their big rock concert for all of the other animals. In the middle of their last practice, Cow hears footsteps in the farmhouse. Oh, no! Farmer Joe is supposed … Read more

Bad News for Outlaws – a #TBT Book Review

It is hard to believe that it’s been almost six years since we read and reviewed Bad News for Outlaws.  Bad News for Outlaws The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Carolrhoda Books, 2009 Colonel George Reeves was so impressed with the marksmanship skills of his young slave Bass that he would take him hunting and enter him in shooting contests. He even took Bass to fight beside him in the Civil War. After Bass got into an argument with Colonel Reeves and struck him, he had no choice but to run. He settled in Indian Territory; at the end of the Civil War, he bought some land … Read more