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2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Books Non Fiction Young Adult

Taking the Mystery out of Black History Month: Harlem Hellfighters

Looking for something for another nonfiction read?

HarlemHellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters

Did you know that African Americans played a big part in the war?

 Don’t forget to count it toward your Diversity Reading Challenge!

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It’s Martin Luther King Jr Day! Books and Acts of Service

It’s MLK Day and I hope that if you have the day off you are doing something for others. It doesn’t have to be a large and involved act of service. Do something, anything, for someone else.  Here are a few books about MLK for you:

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was/Is…?) by Bonnie Bader, Nancy Harrison (Illustrations), Elizabeth Wolf(Illustrator)

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was/Is...?) by Bonnie Bader, Nancy Harrison (Illustrations), Elizabeth Wolf(Illustrator)

 

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr., Kadir Nelson (Illustrations)

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr., Kadir Nelson (Illustrations)

You know I can’t post a book list without at least one Kadir Nelson, right? Want some ideas to talk to the kiddos about? Follow this link which will take you to Scholastic’s website where you’ll find lesson plans and other resources about the man, his legacy, and how you can be of service to others. Check it out and have a great day ON!

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2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Books Non Fiction Young Adult

Taking the Mystery out of Black History Month: Harlem Hellfighters

Looking for something for another nonfiction read?

HarlemHellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters

Did you know that African Americans played a big part in the war?

 Don’t forget to count it toward your Diversity Reading Challenge!

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2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Non Fiction Young Adult

Taking the Mystery out of Black History Month: Freedom Summer

Don’t know what to read during Black History Month?

FreedomSummer

Why not try

The Freedom Summer Murders

A non fiction read for teens and young adult readers

Also qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge!

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Diversity Diversity Reading Challenge Lists Non Fiction

It’s MLK Day! Books and Acts of Service

It’s MLK Day and I hope that if you have the day off you are doing something for others. It doesn’t have to be a large and involved act of service. Do something, anything, for someone else.  Here are a few books about MLK for you:

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was/Is…?) by Bonnie Bader, Nancy Harrison (Illustrations), Elizabeth Wolf(Illustrator)

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was/Is...?) by Bonnie Bader, Nancy Harrison (Illustrations), Elizabeth Wolf(Illustrator)

 

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr., Kadir Nelson (Illustrations)

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr., Kadir Nelson (Illustrations)

You know I can’t post a book list without at least one Kadir Nelson, right? Want some ideas to talk to the kiddos about? Follow this link which will take you to Scholastic’s website where you’ll find lesson plans and other resources about the man, his legacy, and how you can be of service to others. Check it out and have a great day ON!

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Non Fiction

An Unconventional Librarian’s Holiday Guide: for History Buffs

An Unconventional Librarian’s Holiday Guide: for History Buffs

For the history or archeology fans in your life how about these titles:

  • National Geographic Kids: History’s Mysteries
  • 1,000 Facts about the White House
  • The World of the Bible: Biblical stories and the archaeology behind them

 

Something for everyone!

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Books Diversity Non Fiction Reviews

Out and Equal in the Workplace

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I was excited to be asked to review the book Out & Equal in the Workplace: From Closet to Corner Office, edited by Selisse Berry.  The reason I am interested in this book is that the contents of the book match what I believe: that everyone needs to be treated equally and fairly.  The book is comprised of chapters written by company executives, many of them members of the LGBT community, who have helped push this issue in the workplace.

I was very surprised and pleased to hear that many well-known companies are supportive in this area: Disney, Clorox, Dell, HP, to name a few.  Rosalyn  Taylor O’Neale, Chief Diversity Officer at Campbell Soup company states something that stayed with me:

…”Isms” are a part of my life…My work is to  create ways for people to learn about the impact of biases and stereotypes on minority and majority members. It is my job to change behaviors and help companies become more away and inclusive…

O’Neale’s thoughts are the same as mine.  I feel it is important for readers, especially young readers to read books with characters who look, act, or think like them.  Books are getting better about including minority populations, but the characters are still marginal and usually stereotypical characters.  That’s what pluralism is: including everyone.

 

 

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Books Diversity Non Fiction

The Black Count and Alex Haley

When you think of France you undoubtedly think of one place: the Eiffel Tower.

But what do you think of when you think of 18th century France? Do you think of Les Miserable or The Three Musketeers?

If so, you’d be almost correct.  The story of The Black Count, by Tom Reiss, is a tale of  Alex Dumas, the man who fathers the man who writes The Three Musketeers and inspires The Count of Monte Cristo.

As a side note, I often refer to The Shawshank Redemption (or Friends) for many private chuckles.  In this case, the prisoners in Shawshank prison visit the library and one of them sees a book entitled The Count of Monte Cristo.  The prisoner mispronounces the author’s name as Alexandree Dumass.  (chuckle)  They are then informed that this book is about something they might be interested in:  a prison break.

 

Anyway, where were we?

oh yes, the Black Count.

Who is the Black Count? It’s no other man than Alex Dumas, the man who fathered the man who wrote The Three Musketeers, etc.  You know him, we discussed him in the previous paragraphs.  So, it’s no big deal, right? A black man fighting in the military? Maybe so today, but 3 centuries ago, this was practically unheard of.  There was, however, a brief time in France in the 18th century (1700s) when Blacks experienced moderately good civil rights.  They could be free, own property, conduct business, marry within and outside their race, etc.

I thought it might be interesting to find out what Black men looked like back then.

Notice anything familiar? It’s our Alex Dumas in the lower left corner, riding the horse; the same man as on the cover of The Black Count.  Also? The man on top of Alex Dumas? Yep, that’s his son, the author (Three Musketeers).

Now that we know what men might have looked like I thought it would be equally as interesting to see what the women looked like.  These photos, however, were more difficult to find.

I can only assume the lack of depiction of Black women had to be because of their lack of social standing regardless of the laws.  What I find interesting is what the mixed race people might have looked like.  If Dumas was from a White and Black union, the depictions I’ve seen don’t show it.  Some of the pictures show lighter skinned Blacks who, to me, look like they could be mixed.  But then, I guess this could be a cause for deeper research, sort of like an Alex Haley type of Roots exercise; remember that book? Wouldn’t it be interesting if there were more photos of the French and Haitian people of this time period so we could compare Alex Dumas’ history to Alex Haley’s?

If you like history or Black history or French history or The Three Musketeers, pick up a copy of The Black Count and research the turbulent history for yourself.  It’s amazing, really.

I give the book 4 paws for the historical retelling of life for 18th century Blacks; the book is, however, very informative and thorough, much like a textbook.

 

 

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It’s MLK Day! Books and Acts of Service

It’s MLK Day and I hope that if you have the day off you are doing something for others. It doesn’t have to be a large and involved act of service. Do something, anything, for someone else.  Here are a few books about MLK for you:

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was/Is…?) by Bonnie Bader, Nancy Harrison (Illustrations), Elizabeth Wolf(Illustrator)

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was/Is...?) by Bonnie Bader, Nancy Harrison (Illustrations), Elizabeth Wolf(Illustrator)

 

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr., Kadir Nelson (Illustrations)

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr., Kadir Nelson (Illustrations)

You know I can’t post a book list without at least one Kadir Nelson, right? Want some ideas to talk to the kiddos about? Follow this link which will take you to Scholastic’s website where you’ll find lesson plans and other resources about the man, his legacy, and how you can be of service to others. Check it out and have a great day ON!

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Children Non Fiction

Sports Illustrated Kids: My First Book of Hockey

My First Book of Hockey

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If it weren’t for Sports Illustrated Kids, I might never understand sports at all! Thank goodness they have published a hockey book. To be honest, though, I grew up watching hockey or rather I grew up going to hockey games waiting for the big guys on skates to start slamming each other around. And after all, when you’re a kid, what’s more exciting than watching a bunch of guys on skates chase around a tiny puck and slam each other into the boards?

Fortunately for you you don’t have to learn the rules of the game from me. Inside the book, written for the tiniest goalie in training is a super simple guide to hockey. It explains the number of players on a team, what they do and the different types of moves on the ice. From Power Play to Hat Trick it’s all inside.

The cartoon like cut out photographs are super fun and the little guy who’s trying to infiltrate the team will make little readers like they are seeing themselves in the game.

GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!