It’s Monday, Here’s What I’m Reading!

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It’s Monday, what are you reading?

I have 3 books I want to highlight before the close of Black History Month.  During the month, I’ve tried to highlight books by and about African-Americans as well as other cultures, to make it more of a diverse feature, which is how I see it in my mind’s eye.

Momma, Where Are You From by Marie BradbyMomma, Where are you From is a sweet story.

When the Momma tells her little girl where she’s from, she doesn’t give specific locations, like city and a state; but rather tells her about the kinds of things she did while growing up. “I am from beans-green, lima, and pea-picked, strung, snapped, and shelled into pans, then put on the stove to simmer for an hour.”

This was the momma’s African-American childhood. Maybe it’s yours or someone you know?

The illustrations are sweet too.


The Boy Who Ran with the Gazelles by Marianna MayerThe Boy who Ran with the Gazelles is a story that depicts some sort of tribal family. The mother runs out of milk and gives her child to the pet gazelle to nurse.  The family heritage is unclear; it could be aboriginal of any country. I like that and I don’t. The ambiguity bothers me.  The illustrations, however, are a soft watercolor with muted shades of teal, browns, and oranges which add to the hieroglyphic feel of the story.  I can in no way support the idea of a child nursing from an animal. It’s just weird.  I thought perhaps the child had been separated from his family and was raised by the gazelles, but nursed? ew.

I guess I’m not as open-minded as I thought.


This is the Way We Eat Our Lunch by  Edith BaerThis is the Way we Eat Our Lunch delightfully depicts children from around the globe eating lunch. “Colombia  Fresh tamales, spicy hot! Flora loves them –who would not?”

Kids will love the rhymes and also discovering what other kids eat for lunch. I’m hungry reading this book…

p.s. “Max and Millie, willy-nilly, have their pretzels, a la Philly.”  I can vouch for pretzel eating here in Philly!



My thoughts about these books? Over all I give them 3 paws for representing multicultural lifestyles to children.

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By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

23 replies on “It’s Monday, Here’s What I’m Reading!”

Great site! And great review! Thanks for sharing.

And thank you for stumbling me at Reading with Joey.

~ Devon

I hope I can remind my daughter through her books and travels that she is a citizen of the world. That while we all have things in common, there is a richness to each different culture.

My kids are at such an age where they are into bigger chapter books like Charlotte’s Web and Ignatius MacFarland. Tripp(11) and Zack (8) read them out loud to Tank (4). LOL!

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Thanks for sharing these books. So important to have multi-culture books for children, tweens and teens. I search for them myself.

This is the Way We Eat Our Lunch sounds like something my family would love to read. They always want to know how other people live and what they do… what a great read!

Quick synopsis of how I feel after reading your review…which I totally love.

Momma, Where Are You From? I love this type of story telling. I think it’s more meaningful than giving a location. Where you’re from is more than a city, it’s a matter of heart. I want this book for my kids.

The Boy Who Ran With the Gazelles- Say what? Too freaky for me. I’ll pass. The last thing I need is to find one of my sons trying to nurse from a chihuahua if I’m not quick enough with the sippy.

This is the Way We Eat Our Lunch- So fun. I’m totally getting this book for my kids.

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