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APeek at Black History Month

Black History month may be winding down but there is still time to talk about some of the great books available.

Remember, it’s appropriate to read these beautiful books all year long, not just during Black History month!

This three just caught my attention recently:

When Grandmama Sings by Margaree King Mitchell 

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then this one

Freedom Song by Sally M. Walker

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and of course, we all love poetry

Freedom’s a Callin’ Me by Ntozake Shange

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Don’t the illustrations look delish?

Putting these on my want list!

Books NaBloPoMo

Multicultural e-books for kids

If your kids are online and looking for books to read, why not try a digital library?

Here’s one I think is interesting:

International Children’s Digital Library

located at

The mission of the International Children’s Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world’s children in becoming effective members of the global community – who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas — by making the best in children’s literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children’s books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children.

Ever want to read a book in Farsi or Croation? They have it!

Check it out sometime if you have a minute!


Sarah, Plain and Tall and Feminism

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

“Did mama sing every day?” asked Caleb. “Every-single-day?” He sat close to the fire, his chin in his hand.  It was dusk, and the dogs lay beside him on the warm hearthstones.

Somehow in my reading lifetime I missed Sarah, Plain and Tall; I recently discovered this gem and can see why it is so beloved.  After Papa is left a widower with small children at home, he puts an ad in the newspaper for a wife.  What he gets is Sarah.  Sarah is a perfect match for Papa and the children and the delightful tale of their growing relationships gently unfolds during the story.

No matter how much I enjoyed the story (and the possibility of reading the sequels) I cannot help thinking that there is no ethnic diversity in the story.  But not nonexistent.  The author very slyly imposes a feminist approach to Sarah’s character.  Sarah is smart and physically strong and is able to perform many tasks around the farm that are traditionally male and forces the family to understand that these abilities are part of her character.  Naturally, Papa has trouble adjusting to this type of woman. These-strong minded female character traits are important for young readers to be exposed to.  This viewpoint provides diversity with Sarah is a role model.

Diversity benefits this entire family as Sarah decides whether she will stay and become Papa’s wife.

This book is a re-read and counts toward my YA books of the 80s and 90s challenge.

I give this story four paws!

Edited to add: Check out what happened when I read this gem!





Edited to add: Check out what happened when I read this gem!

Books Children

Tween Book Club Discusses Scumble by Ingrid Law

It’s always a good day when I get to read a middle grade book and then talk to the kids about it.  Today I’m chatting about Scumble by Ingrid Law.




Scumble is the companion book to the Newbery Honor winning title Savvy:

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a “savvy” -a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it’s the eve of Mibs’s big day.

As if waiting weren’t hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs’s birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman’s bus . . . only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up-and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.

Sounds fun, right?




Right, so now, many years later, here comes Ledge (fun names, right?)

Ledger Kale’s savvy is a total dud—all he does is

make little things fall apart. So his parents decide

it’s safe to head to Wyoming for a family wedding, where it’s soon revealed that Ledge’s savvy is much more powerful than anyone thought. Worse, his savvy disaster has an outside witness: Sarah Jane Cabot, reporter wannabe and daughter of a local business man. Just like that, Ledge’s beloved normal life is over. Now, he has to keep Sarah from turning family secrets into headlines, stop her father from foreclosing on Uncle Autry’s ranch, and scumble his savvy into control so that, someday, he can go home.


So, you’ll hafta read the book to find out whether Ledge can learn to scumble his savvy, cuz I’m NOT going to tell you.

What’s your savvy?

I’m pretty sure mine is reading.



Banned Books Reviews Young Adult

Revisiting Banned Book: The Diary of Anne Frank

I’m sure most adults are familiar with the tragic story of Anne Frank and her family.  Most adults have also probably read the book in high school as a reading assignment.  To be sure, the story is depressing, tragic, and at times, unreal.  After all, it is difficult to imagine a time when people where being killed for professing a certain religious belief.

Irrespective of when you last read Anne Frank, read it again as an adult. More pointedly, as a parent.  It will change your mindset.  My heart hurts that a young girl is forced to hide for so long only to ultimately perish in one of the worst ways possible.  As a mother with a daughter of a similar age, it hurts that the girl doesnt have the best relationship with her own mother.

If this is such a classic book, why then is it on the banned book list? To be sure, the story of The Holocaust is grossly violent, but most people believe it is truth and history so worthy of being studied.  To be sure, everyone knows the young Anne dies in the end, which is tragic.  This story, however, contains more than these facts: it’s a story about relationships and the girl’s view of the world.

Anne’s death isn’t described in detail unlike much teen literature that’s available today.  There is also no description of  violence, no sex, and no vampires: reasons which other books have been banned.  Challengers to the book claim that some versions of Anne Frank’s book contain sexually explicit and homosexual scenes.  The version I had did not contain those scenes. And so what if they did?

Regardless of the version you read, you cannot ban this book because some versions have scenes which you find objectionable or because of violent back stories.  It is your right as a parent to choose what your child reads. You cannot choose what other people’s children read.

Books want to be freely read. Agree? Disagree? Want more? Go see what others are reading and talking about this week!

P.S.  There is a newish book out, fiction, I believe, about her sister Margot.  Has anyone read it?

I give this book and other banned books 4 paws!

Books Children

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch: Valentines Day for the littles

I love this book so much, it’s perfect for the little ones in your life!

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

by Eileen Spinelli

Plain old boring Mr Hatch’s life is changed

when he suddenly receives

a Valentine.

Amazed that somebody loves him, Mr. Hatch’s outlook changes!

Kids of all ages will adore this story.

It’s written by the adorbs Eileen Spinelli.




LDS Authors Giveaway Hop

I am thrilled to participate in the

LDS Authors Giveaway Hop

hosted by my friend

I Am A Reader Not a Writer

and The Book Bug

Did you know that there are many LDS (Latter Day Saints) authors?

Sure you did:

Stephanie Meyer

and Orson Scott Card

for example.

There are lots more!

This hop appeals to my multiculturalism approach

because I want to include everyone.

It’s a Hop and a Giveaway!

Check back here to enter the giveaway May 11th

and see which LDS book(s) I’ll review and give away!

Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books resources

#AtoZChallenge: W-Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

unconventional librarian

Welcome to W

let’s get right to it, there’s lots to see:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Unconventional Librarian

This book needs no explanation, right?

an unconventional librarian

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (whom I also love)

From “To trace the path of her missing mother, Sal embarks on a journey from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents. On the road, Sal tells the strange and exciting story of her friend Phoebe. As the miles pass, Phoebe’s tale becomes more and more outrageous, while Sal’s own story begins to emerge. In unraveling Phoebe’s mystery, Sal comes ever closer to finding out the truth behind her own bittersweet journey. What will she find at the end of the road? “

Did I mention we love Sharon Creech at our house?

unconventioal librarian

Where is Bear by Leslea Newman is a fabulous choice for littles

because the animals have to find bear

who is hibernating!

I also love this author because she wrote Heather has Two Mommies, which I love!

For the final W book, you’ll hafta go to

My Facebook page to see it.  Come back or Tweet me @Pamlovesbooks and tell me what you found?

We’re almost near the end let’s get going! —————————>

Books information

#AtoZChallenge: T is for Team World Book Night

T is for Team World Book Night

and I’m on the team to pass out books tonight


I’m giving out

Because of Winn Dixie

Unconventional Librarian Because of Winn Dixie

which was also featured on B day!

Books Dewey's Read-a-thon

I’m a #Readathon Reader!

I’m excited to be participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon!

To be sure, I’ve participated in previous ‘thon’s but only as a cheerleader.

Can you imagine ME as a cheerleader?

Normally I wouldn’t but cheering others as they read books?

It’s a natural for me.  This time, I’m going in:

Hunkering down and reading.

Clearing out my TBR pile.