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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Bildner

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Bildner

Today’s Black History post includes a story. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Isn’t that the best story? What a great way to teach the history of Hurricane Katrina to little ones. 

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The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays Day 8

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays

On the eighth day of Diversity we bring you Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Binder Illustrated by John Parra.

Marvelous Cornelius by Phll Binder

In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. In this heartwarming book about a real garbage man, Phil Bildner and John Parra tell the inspiring story of a humble man and the heroic difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

You know you’re gonna love a book when the opening quote features Martin Luther King, Jr. And this quote is a good one: “Even if it’s called your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo…who swept his job well.” That’s a great quote to aptly describe Cornelius, a garbage man in New Orleans. Marvelous Cornelius had a great spirit and a love for his community, which my buddy Phil aptly captures in the book. Young readers can learn about the history of Hurricane Katrina, but also learn that you can take pride in any job you do.

And who doesn’t love a book when the call to arms is “Hootie Hooooooo”?

No one, that’s who.

This book is great for K-3 and older. Also perfect for the Diversity Reading Challenge!

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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Bildner

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Bildner

Today’s Black History post includes a story. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Isn’t that the best story? What a great way to teach the history of Hurricane Katrina to little ones. 

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Children Diversity Reading Challenge

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays DAY 8 -Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Binder Illustrated by John Parra

The 12 Books of #Diversity
for the Holidays Day Eight

On the eighth day of Diversity we bring you Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Binder Illustrated by John Parra.

Marvelous Cornelius by Phll Binder

In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. In this heartwarming book about a real garbage man, Phil Bildner and John Parra tell the inspiring story of a humble man and the heroic difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

You know you’re gonna love a book when the opening quote features Martin Luther King, Jr. And this quote is a good one: “Even if it’s called your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo…who swept his job well.” That’s a great quote to aptly describe Cornelius, a garbage man in New Orleans. Marvelous Cornelius had a great spirit and a love for his community, which my buddy Phil aptly captures in the book. Young readers can learn about the history of Hurricane Katrina, but also learn that you can take pride in any job you do.

And who doesn’t love a book when the call to arms is “Hootie Hooooooo”?

No one, that’s who.

This book is great for K-3 and older. Also perfect for the Diversity Reading Challenge!

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Discover Black History Month with Trombone Shorty AWARD WINNER

Discover Black History Month with
Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews

 

Books about children playing instruments? SIGN ME ALL THE WAY UP!!

There is nothing better than seeing a child find his calling in life and doing that thing like she was born to it.  That’s why I love Trombone Shorty! I read this cute little picture book last year and this year it was awarded the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award!

Collier’s illustrations beautifully capture important events in Andrews’s life, as well as the spirit of his beloved city and the music that is at the heart of both New Orleans and Trombone Shorty…

I love this book so hard because there are illustrations of adorbs lil Shorty holding his trombone for all the glorious parades in The Big Easy. You’ve GOT to read this book; there is so much inspiration (and CUTE) in this picture book. Qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge for African American Illustrator.

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2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Adult Fiction

Interview with @YeahHunter, author of Imogene in New Orleans

I LOVE getting into the heads of authors and am thrilled they are willing to take time out of their schedules to speak with us! Today I have Hunter Murphy, he’s the author of Imogene in New Orleans, a mystery that features characters that just happen to be gay. And so funny.

Imogene in New Orleans by Hunter Murphy

UNCONVENTIONAL LIBRARIAN:  Welcome to our interview! Let’s get started. Do you drink coffee?

Hunter Murphy: Oh, do I ever drink coffee! One of the great pleasures of my life is coffee. I cannot imagine a good life without it. We’re living in a glorious age of coffee right now. In my city alone there are probably a dozen roasters. As often as possible, I purchase their products. At least a few weekends a month, I like to use my French press and almost everyday I grind my own beans. I could write you a book about my love for the stuff.  

UL. Coffee is life! However, at this printing, I’ve given it up. And boy to I miss it. But enough about you.  Do you like donuts or cookies? Do you dunk?

HM: I like both cookies and donuts. Like Homer Simpson once wistfully asked, “Donuts. Is there anything they can‘t do?

UL: Homer is so right! Donuts can do EVERYTHING. How did your book get started? 

HM: My book got started thirteen years ago when I wrote my first story about Imogene and the boys and had such a good time with them that I decided to feature them in a mystery series.

UL: Imogene is so fab. I hope to be as fab as her when I’m in my 80s. What else have you written?

HM: I’ve written two unpublished books that I plan one day to get published (the first features Jackson’s introduction into Billy and Imogene’s family and the other is a coming of age story set at the University of Alabama where a college student attempts to solve a longstanding mystery at the university and sort of finds himself along the way). Currently, I’m working on the next murder mystery in the Imogene series which I hope to have out in 2016.

UL: Yay, more Imogene! If you could have any superpower what would it be? 

HM: I would want to fly. Definitely. 

UL: Flying? Me Too! Kindred spirits, you and I. What makes you happy?

HM: I’m happiest when I’m reading a great book or in the middle of writing one of my books. Reading and writing books is like living two lives at once. Being in the ripe thick of a book is one of the best feelings you can have. What a gift.  

UL: I couldn’t agree more. Why live in reality when there are books? Wrapping up now, anything else you want to tell us? 

HM: I want to tell you to purchase my book. You will feel better. It will help you lose weight and grow rich. Ok, not really, but it will look good on your shelf because the cover designer Philip Pascuzzo did a phenomenal job. He’s an artist and I’m punch-pleased with how the book looks. Also, I want to thank you for interviewing me. I really appreciate this opportunity.

If you’d like more information on me, please visit: http://huntermurphywriter.com/

UL: Well, I think it just might help you lose weight, cuz donuts can do anything! Although there are no donuts in Imogene, we will have to settle for pralines and beignets (ain’t ashamed to love them too)!

So, buy Hunter’s book because you will be thin and sexy (if that’s what you want), and because if you don’t he will put me in his next book and make me mean and ugly. But seriously. We need more books with LGBT characters!

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Imogene in New Orleans by @YeahHunter


IT’S IMOGENE DAY!

Imogene in New Orleans by @YeahHunter

Because words aren’t enough, here’s my video review:

Remember, while this isn’t necessarily for teens, there’s nothing raunchy that an older teen couldn’t enjoy. But mostly this is for grown folks. Totally fits the Diversity Reading Challenge.

Also? Stay tuned for an interview with the author!

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OMG…Am I a Witch? TLC Book Tours

 

OMG...Am I a Witch

OMG…Am I a Witch?

 

Here is a book that I think is SO cute!  Have you ever wondered if you were a witch? Have you ever tried to cast a spell on someone and wondered if it worked or not?

April Appleton is so annoyed at her older brother that she searches the Internet for a spell to turn him into a dog. When the spell works, April realizes she has more powers than she ever dreamed of! Now she has to figure out how to turn him back to normal before her parents find out. She has little time, but with help from her friends Grace and Eve she finds a book of magic that will hopefully reverse the spell. Will it work, and will April’s newfound magic save the day?

Oopsie, that sounds like a teeny bit of a problem, right?  But a fun one to have, right?

So, check it out and see if April can change her annoying brother back into a human boy.  Brothers can be annoying but parents frown on changing their children into animals; no matter how justified.

So to answer your question, YES you are a witch. No not YOU, dear reader, you’re not a witch, ok well you might be a witch, but I’m really speaking to our heroine, April.  She, indeed is a witch, because she really did turn her brother into a dog. And thanks to her bestie Grace and new friend, Eve, they figure out what to do.  Fortunately, new friend Eve, is a descendant of New Orleans relatives who practice magee (that’s French for magic) and are in possession of an old book of magic.

Can you say HILARITY?

and wee wee pads?

This fun book was written by Talia Aikens-Nunez, a name that sounds musical enough to say over and over again!

You can find Talia on Facebook and at other blog stops on this TLC tour!

Oh yeah, did I mention that I’m a stop on the TLC Book Tour? Welcome aboard and enjoy the trip.

p.s. Don’t tick off your little sister or she just might turn you into a dog.  Or something worse.

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O #atozchallenge

O it’s O day at the A to Z Challenge!

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I hope you’ve liked the books I’ve presented to you so far.  Today I’d like to share with you

Out of the Easy Unconventional Librarian

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys.  This is the display at the bookstore of the hot new release!

The premise of the story sounds promising: 1950s in the Big Easy.  You already know there’s going to be lots of darkness, secrets, and other titillating things going on since the story is based in New Orleans, right? Right. Even though I haven’t read the book yet, I am a little uncomfortable with selling young adults on the life of a brothel.  To be sure, the struggle is to get out of that life, but I’ve found that there is always a bit of (romanticized) glamor within a setting; and this time its prostitution.

I hope I’m wrong but it sounds good.  Hopefully it’s more like Vanity Fair and less like Anne Rice’s The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty.  What are your thoughts?