Book Review: We Shall Overcome By Levy & Brantley-Newton

Happy Wednesday! This book came out several years ago, but I recently came across it while searching for more civil rights picture books. A tribute to the famous song and the many people who have sung it from America’s era of slavery through the 60s civil rights movement and continuing today in the fight for freedom and equality, take a look at We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, 2013.

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Book Review: Martin’s Big Words By Rappaport & Collier

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Dr. King would be 90 years old if he were alive today. With the memorial holiday reminding us to reflect and continue to press on in the civil rights movement Dr. King helped orchestrate, this book is an excellent addition to the day. Here is Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier, 2001.

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25 Days – Book 25: Paul Writes (A Letter)

It is December 30 and I’m squeaking in my last of the 25 New Favorite Picture Books. Another new one from 2018, this is an interesting book to end the year on, but I love it for many different reasons. A book about the Apostle Paul and the many letters he wrote for the New Testament which, as the book claims, changed the world. Take a look at Paul Writes (a letter) by Chris Raschka, 2018.

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25 Days – Book 23: Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian

The book for today is pure fun and joy. It is a delightful picture book/psuedo comic for bibliophiles. A story about an escaped evil inventor, troubled secret agents, and an undercover librarian who solves all the worlds problems with the perfect book at the perfect time. Check out Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian by Jacob Sager Weinstein, illustrated by Vera Brosgol, 2018.

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25 Days – Book 22: After The Fall

So I realize I dropped off in the countdown to Christmas… BUT, in actuality, this wasn’t a countdown to Christmas, it was fully intended as 25 Days of Favorite New Picture Books all hopefully helpful in the season of giving. But the season of giving books is never truly over! I made the hard decision to stop posting the last four when family arrived in NYC to celebrate Christmas with us. People come first and I wanted and needed to be with my family. But, I still have four amazing books to share… and we have four days left in 2018. So come back and join me in seeing my favorite picture books of 2018 (and a few 2017 that I’m still obsessing over too!)

Today’s book is one more favorite from 2017. A stunningly beautiful book about dreams, disappointment and overcoming fear. This book will inspire and move you. Take a look at After the Fall by Dan Santat, 2017.

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25 Days – Book 21: Bookjoy Wordjoy

Something a little different for the favorite new picture book list today. A poetry book. Specifically about books and words. A collection of poems that speak to and ignite the enthusiasm for reading and writing and loving words. And stunning, vibrant illustrations to captivate the imagination like words capture the tongue and mind. Feel the draw of words with Bookjoy Wordjoy by Pat Mora, illustrations by Raul Colón, 2018.

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25 Days – Book 19: Mary Poppins

Today is a glorious day. A day I’ve been waiting for for about two years, ever since I read that a new Mary Poppins movie was in the works and set to come this Christmas. Mary Poppins Returns is out today. I have not seen it yet, and won’t for at least a week as the timing with school and the holiday must be right. But I am equally excited that a beautiful Mary Poppins picture book came out this year as well. Our Christmas is going to be filled with Mary Poppins’ delights as I’m giving you a sneak peek at my youngest’s book gift. And my oldest is going to receive a beautiful, newly illustrated edition of the original Mary Poppins text. But that’s another post for another time. Join me now in reveling over this lovely, magical glimpse at the literary wonder: Mary Poppins story by P.L. Travers, adapted by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Genevieve Godbout, 2018.

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