If you love adventure and are looking for a detailed oriented book to read in the new year, I have a suggestion for you. Kevin D. Grant, author of Nelish Daring Quest, writes about Nelish, a peacock who defies tradition and is courageous and survives the odds. You will find yourself enthralled by the village of Malihayah, and Nelish and his friends working together to defeat their enemies. The characters and the communities are well developed and Nelish inspires the reader to be adventurous, brave, and committed to a cause. I recommend this book for 4th grade and up due to its density, length, and vocabulary. I think this book can be enjoyed by children and young adults.
What is it like living in a family of 6? Bigger families than that have existed, of course. However, can you imagine sharing one bathroom with your three or even four sisters? Ask Patrice, Donna, Shannon, Charity, and Faith Smith. If you don't know them well, you can learn alot about them through the characters they write about (Diamond, Sheila, Crystal and Felicity) found in The Struggle: 4 Girls and 1 Bathroom. This book has 13 chapters, 161 pages and was written and illustrated by the girls, preface by their Mom who encourages them to self-publish and edited by their Dad.
The book is written more like a journal. It has random thoughts and covers topics such as Egypt, healthy snacking, Juneteenth day, Disney World, holidays and birthday celebrations. Instead of reading like characters in a story, it reads as a conversation between you and the characters. However, the characters are also authors, as the introduction begins with if you havent read our first book, go ahead and do so. The girls are quite hilarious and with much practice and intrinsic motivation, I believe they will become great writers and illustrators. I wish them the best of luck for 2018!
Before 2017 ended, I wanted to review the books I received so as to start the new year fresh with all promises completed and wishes granted.
The first book I will be reviewing today is Danielle's Disastrous Days by Liza D. Osae-Kwapong. Liza is a youth author. She wrote self-published her first book in the 5th grade. Her younger sister, Jasmeen is also an author.
Childhood is no stranger to pain. As an elementary student you struggle to maintain grades, keep behavior aligned to the school's expectations, demands of extracurricular activities, and balancing home life (chores, siblings, parents, pets, etc.). Thirteen year old, Danielle has the sad experience of losing her father, Matthew Heart when she was only a few years old. Her younger sister, Beth barely remembers him. Her mom, Isabelle stuggled to maintain finances as a single mom, so they left New Jersey and moved to Columbus, Ohio for a better life. But like wasnt better for Danielle who had to face Martha, a mean, rich girl and missing her best friend, Nicole. However, with the help of Josh and some new friends, she finds a way to build a new, enriching life and overcome the obstacles in her way. Martha is running for student government and everyone is afraid to face her. But Danielle goes against her. Find out what happends in Danielle's Disastrous Days sold on Amazon in print and kindle formats. This book is an inspiring story to teach children persistence, honesty, and the power of friendship.
Three best friends
Author: Robbin Miller
Editor: Jennifer Niles
Publisher: Self-published, 2017
Robbin Miller has published her second picture book entitled, Three Best Friends. Meet Max Thomas, a wheel chair bound boy who is excited about the opening of a new playground and the opportunity to play with his able bodied, best friends, Sophia and Xavier. To his disappointment, the park is not accessible for wheel chairs and leaves him feeling humiliated and stigmatized. In a very child appropriate tone, the story introduces children to the topic of ability, diversity, and bullying. The moral of the story is that all children should be able to play together, however inclusive playgrounds are costly to build. The illustrations were brightly colored and had diverse main characters (White, Black; male, female; abled, disabled). I give this book 5 stars for its creativity, important social content, and representation. You can get your copy here.
While reading this book, things the reader may consider: Is handicapped or special, acceptable terms to use for a child in wheel chair? Why aren’t more parks made accessible to all children? How important do parents think it is for children to play with a variety of children? According to the Landscape Structures Inclusive Play Survey (2014), 74% of parents who responded think it is important. Inclusive environments foster increased social interactions, meaningful friendships, appreciation and acceptance of individual differences, understanding of diversity, respect, empathy, and emotional growth.
Author, Ameshia G. Arthur, wrote a book entitled “Brown Boy Brown Boy, what can you be?” I read it and I enjoyed it very much. It is a brightly colored, 32 paged, children’s book written just for little boys of color. It has cute rhyme and rhythm. The main character, Matthew can aspire to be lots of different occupations such as actuary, orator, and inventor. The book is beautifully illustrated and really encourages brown boys to dream big and think about future careers in the sciences, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Although some of the careers may be unfamiliar to younger children, such as horticulturalist, the illustrations are really detailed to explain what things may be involved in such profession. For beginner readers, it is really fun to read, as it has the catchy tune of “Brown boy, brown boy, what will you be?” after each page. To get your copy, find it here.
So, why the topic of occupations? The type of education you receive or lack thereof directly affects your socioeconomic status. The estimated national 2012-13 graduation rate for Black males was 59%. In different regions of the United States, graduation rates between Black male and White male students are largely disparate according to Schott Foundation for Education. The lowest estimated graduation rate for Black males are Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Nebraska, the District of Columbia and Nevada, each at 55% or less. Connecticut, New York, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Nebraska, Nevada, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have some of the largest gaps between the Black male graduation rate and the White male graduation rates (over 20%). The majority of the states with the largest gaps are in the Midwest region of the country.
We should be excited about brown boys seeming themselves represented in a positive light and encouraged to aspire to finish school, graduate, and participate actively in their community.