2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Children

The Green Musician by Mahvash Shahegh Illustrated by Claire Ewart

Once upon a time in the land of Persia, there lived a king named Khosrow.  He was very wealthy and his palace was ful of colorful rugs and other rich decorations. Everything the king and his guests ate was plentiful and delicious. The large palace gardens were overflowing with rare flowers, trees, and songbirds.

Isn’t that opening paragraph delicious?  Have you visualized it in your head? Here’s the cover:

The Green Musician by Mahvash Shahegh

Look at how rich and lush the colors are!  Here’s a picture book for kids of all ages.  The Green Musician is an ancient Persian (Iran) tale that’s be retold for centuries about a musician named Barbad who could play and sing beautifully and wanted to sing at the palace and live with the king.  Naturally the current palace musician doesn’t want to be replaced by young Barbad so he thwarts Barbad’s efforts.

Every page is beautifully illustrated and the tale is as sweet and gentle as the illustrations themselves. I nearly wept at the end of this book.  Readers will learn about beautiful ancient Persia and also about perseverance.

Tack this on to your Diversity Reading Challenge list. You won’t regret it.


2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Books Children

Giveaway: Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews and Bryan Collier

Friends! You KNOW how much I love sharing books about African Americans? Well, even more favorite is sharing about kids. I love love love kid musicians the best!

Watch this video to see who I’m excited about today:

Enter the giveaway and you could win this adorable autobiography of young Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews!
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p.s. if you’ve read this book, it qualifies for the Diversity Challenge!

Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books

I Heart Band #AtoZ Challenge



Hey there all you alphabet lovers! Today is dedicated to the letter I. The book I’d like to share with you is I <3 Band. That sideways stuff is supposed to be a heart, y’all! Anyway, there is a series for all of us former and forever band geeks!



FINALLY a series for us! Here’s what the series is about:

Holly Mead’s first day of seventh grade isn’t going as planned. Her brother ruins her carefully chosen outfit, she’s almost late, and her new band director has some surprisingly strict rules. Worst of all, it seems like her best friend, Julia, has replaced her with Natasha, the pretty, smart, new French horn player! Holly is determined to get first chair, but Natasha is turning out to be some pretty stiff competition—and not just in band. Band might be a competition, but friendship isn’t—and Holly needs to figure it out before she loses Julia for good.

Sounds just like middle school, doesn’t it?  So, if you have a little bandie at home, get this series for them, surely there is something they can relate to!

I bet you’re wondering if I’m going to share a pic of me as a former band geek, aren’t you?


I’m not.

Just kidding.

Here I am

Pam Band Geek

circa 1980 something. After a parade.  Can you tell I’m saying “Hurry up and take the picture already!”?

Confession time: where you a bandie? What did you play?