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?


Why not try

The Freedom Summer Murders

A non fiction read for teens and young adult readers

Also qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge!

2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Children

Taking the Mystery out of Black History Month

It’s February and that means Black History Month! YAY!!!! A month dedicated to celebrating African Americans and all the talents that they bring to the world. Black History Month is a great time to try something new: a book, a work of art, piece of music, etc., anything that was made special by people of color.

The problem is, where do you start?



To many people, deciding what to do or how to participate in Black History month is a mystery. That’s what ya have me for! I’ll help take the mystery out of what books, why, and for whom.

To kick off Black History Month I’d to remind you of Moses aka Harriet Tubman. This beautifully illustrated picture book written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by my crush Kadir Nelson is a great place to start.

The lils can look at the glorious illustrations. The older ones can listen attentively as you read about Harriet Tubman as she led her people (just like Moses) through the Underground Railroad; parts of which dissect Philadelphia, which is where I live.  You might learn something and you might find a new fave picture book.

Also? This book counts toward the 2015 Diversity Reading Challenge, as it’s written by a person of color AND there’s a person of color on the cover.



2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Children

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth a ListenUp Audio Review #DiversityReadingChallenge

It’s no secret by now that I LOVE! They’ve made the past 6 months of my life immensely more readable. I’ve been able to double the number of books I’m reading because I get to listen to books in the car while I’m driving. It’s GREAT!

 Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth

 Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth

I love this book and it’s a shame that more books with kids of color on the cover don’t get the exposure they DESERVE. This title is AWESOME. There are so many things to love about this title. Jarrett’s mother is a foster mother and is constantly bringing abused and neglected children into their home. But when Kevon and his tiny little sister come into their home, things start to change rapidly. J & K are thrown together and are forced to get along.  It’s a rocky relationship but they both learn something.

The startling life of foster kids is presented in a way that readers can understand. Not everyone has a safe home environment and I think readers will be as sensitive to the abuse as Jarrett is and or they might learn to appreciate their own situation. Or maybe even reach out for help if they need it.

Don’t let the two kids of color on the cover dissuade you from picking this title up. It’s for everyone.  Especially great is the audio quality.  I’ll be the first to admit that if I don’t like the reader in an audio book my experience generally tanks. I loved the reader: John Clarence Stewart. He brought charisma and an authenticity to the African American male voice that is missing from kid lit.  I smiled the whole time I was listening to him.

Hey JCS, call me and leave a message. I wanna listen to it alot. alot alot. I like smiling. Smiling’s my favorite.


I can’t thank ListenUp Audiobooks enough for the chance to share this book with you!

If you’re keeping up with the #DiversityReadingChallenge, this book would fit right in!

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2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Books Children

LuLu and the Very Big Meanies A Multicultural Children’s Book Day Book! #ReadYourWorld

I’m preparing for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!



Multicultural Children’s Book Day is January 27th. Lots of great titles about diverse characters. If you’re in need of titles, pop on over there and check it out. Today I’m thrilled to share with you a great title:

LuLu and the Very Big Meanies

Lulu and the Very Big Meanies by Mac McGooshie and Alexis Hogwood

Here’s the official blurb about it:

Lulu and the Very Big Meanies is the first book in the new series, Lulubug’s Week in the Life: Meet Laila, AKA Lulu, young Muslimah, drama queen extraordinaire, and big-time fashionista! Lulu can’t cut a break this week! First she finds out that she’s moving to a new school and a new town for the next school year, and it’s not even her fault. Then Veronica B. and Veronica C., the most miserable bullies in the world, hand-pick Lulu for their evil plans. Add to that a very sick kitty and the something buzzing in the woods out back, well, Lulu is just not having a great time of it. Even with the help of her friends and family, can she possibly survive the Week of the Very Big Meanies?

Ok so good book, right? But that’s not the HALF of it!! Our heroine, Lulubug is a Muslim American and the ins and outs of her religion are woven into the little one’s life.

That’s the great delight of this book. Every child can relate to LuLu’s everyday trauma of being in school and having bullies, and getting what you want from your parents, etc. But how many of us know what a Muslim child goes through every day?

Honestly? Now we do. LuLu’s life is no different from ours, right? Ok we might not be Muslim but we can certainly can relate to having to wash up for church or do the right thing because that’s what’s expected.  We’re different but we’re the same. To emphasize the similarities between us, I thought it might be fun to complete a word search.

Everyone loves word searches, right?

So why not complete a word search from LuLu’s book that includes Muslim words?

LuLu’s Word Search

Click the link to see the word search.  I’ve included a word bank for you. You’re welcome. See if you recognize any of the words!

MCCBD’s  2015 Sponsors include Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop, Gold SponsorsSatya House,,   Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic Poof, Silver Sponsors: Junior Library GuildCapstone Publishing, Lee and Low Books,  The Omnibus Publishing. Bronze Sponsors:Double Dutch Dolls, Bliss Group Books, Snuggle with Picture Books Publishing,  Rainbow Books,   Author FeliciaCapers,  Chronicle Books   Muslim Writers Publishing ,East West Discovery Press.

2015 Diversity Reading Challenge

An Unconventional Librarian’s 2015 #DiversityReadingChallenge


I’ve been wanting to start my own reading challenge and I’ve finally done it! Let’s ring in 2015 with a reading challenge that celebrates the multicultural reader and challenges the status quo.

Presenting the Diversity Reading Challenge!fd



This challenge pairs well with almost any other challenge you’re participating in; there are multicultural books in every genre. If you’re new to reading diverse books, you’ll be hooked. If you’re an avid consumer of multicultural reads, then this challenge will suit you just fine.  There are no complicated rules to this challenge; participate how you want, when you want.

Wanna chat about books? Tweet me @pamlovesbooks with #DiversityReadingChallenge, leave a comment here, or leave a link to your #DiversityReadingChallenge page! Let’s keep this conversation going…