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Children

Martin Luther King Jr & Civil Rights Books

I’ve have a few beauties to share with you in preparation for the Martin Luther King holiday.  Why not discuss the Civil Rights Movement as well as Dr. King’s legacy?

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Go, on. Your little ones can handle it!

What are you doing for the day of service?

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Children

Martin Luther King & Civil Rights Books

I’ve have a few beauties to share with you in preparation for the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday.  Why not discuss the Civil Rights Movement as well as Dr. King’s legacy?

mlk collage

 

Go, on. Your little ones can handle it!

What are you doing for the day of service?

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Bibliographies, Information, General Diversity Reading Challenge Lists

2017 #DIVERSITY READING CHALLENGE January Suggestions

It’s January; What do I read?

So you wanna read some diverse books this year? Don’t know where to start? I can help. Following are a few suggestions if you want to get one diverse read in this month.

COURAGE TO SOAR by Simone Biles with Michelle Burford

COURAGE TO SOAR by Simone Biles with Michelle Burford

This Olympic gymnast soared her way into my heart. I had all the feels watching her.

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THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon

Then Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

I like the idea of this book because the author and the main character is Jamaican. And we need more Jamaica in our lives. Now that we’ve got YA covered, need something for a younger kid? Have you read

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I know there are younger kids growing up so surely someone somewhere needs a copy of this book. Who doesn’t want to be a better person after reading about Augie? Already read it? How about

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

You’ll look at homelessness differently. And for the littles, I suggest

Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by my buddy Phil Binder

Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Binder

Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans and the wonderful garbage man who loved his city.

There. Is that enough to get you going? Let me know what book or books you chose!

 

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Children

Olympians Start Out as Kid Athletes. Let’s Take a Look!

Olympians start out as kid athletes.
Let’s take a look!

Everything Sports

If you’re like me and glued to the Olympics then here’s something to supplement your Olympic knowledge. Nat Geo Kids’ Everything Sports book contains all kinds of great photos and fun facts that will help you decide which sport you might want to participate in.

Become an expert on sports, just in time for the 2016 Olympics! From archery to zip lining this book covers EVERYTHING about the world’s favorite team and individual sports. With stunning visuals and energetic, impactful design, readers won’t stop until they’ve learned everything there is to know about the history, rules and regs, training, and practice of dozens of athletic pursuits. Includes popular sports such as baseball, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, and quirkier sports such as fencing, curling, and table tennis.

I personally love the fencing photo but there’s too much great stuff inside to choose one favorite. There’s even a sport you’ve never heard of. But I’m not telling. (wink)

Speaking of quirky sports, let’s take a look at Nat Geo Kids Weird but True! Sports

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Did you know that in the UK there is a custard pie throwing contest? Have you ever seen anyone ski while holding on to a horse? Yeah, me neither but I might pay to see that one. No matter how you like your sports, there’s prolly a weird fact to go along with it.

Grab these two books and laugh and learn and amaze your friends and your parents during this Olympic season. But watch out for the half pipe competition in Chile that’s run on the side of a volcano. Ouchy.

Pick your sport today and maybe we’ll see you one day in the Olympics!

 

 

 

 

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Let’s Hear it for the Girls! Books, Women and the Olympics

Let’s Hear it for the Girls!
Books, Women and the Olympics

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If you love the Olympics as much as we do around here, you’re probably glued to your TV set! When you’re not watching the Olympics, maybe you are reading about the Olympics? There are so many great athletes to learn about it’s hard to know where to begin.  Let’s hear it for the girl! Many female athletes have made history over the years and while Rio has just gotten started, let’s look back and see what women have made it into a book.

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Serena Williams. She’s amazing and definitely has done things her way. She doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her, either. She’s unconventional. I like it.

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Hope Solo. She’s the gal you’ll love to hate. She’s probably one of the best goalies in the world but who would want to room with someone who has a reputation of domestic abuse? It’s a tough life for sure, but she keeps winning.

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Gabby Douglas. America’s newest sweetheart proves that pint size people pack a punch on and off the field. She’s so sweet and her story is so inspirational you can’t help but cheer for her.

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Dara Torres isn’t competing in Rio this year but she shouldn’t have to. At the Beijing Olympics she won a medal. Well, ok a few. She’s won 12 medals in all. She was 41. You’re right girl, age IS just a number.

So if you’re looking for encouragement, why not pick up a book about one of these ladies? I’m sure you’ll be motivated to win. Or to at least get off the couch.

Let’s hear it for the girls! Who’s your fave Olympic athlete this year?

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books Children

K is for Pizza – #AtoZ Challenge

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That’s right friends, K is for Pizza!

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Killer Pizza?? Think Ghostbusters with pizza!

Toby McGill dreams of becoming a world-famous chef, but up until now, his only experience has been watching the Food Network. When Toby lands a summer job at Killer Pizza, where pies like The Monstrosity andThe Frankensausage are on the menu, things seem perfect. His coworkers, Annabel and Strobe, are cool, and Toby loves being part of a team. But none of them are prepared for what’s really going on at Killer Pizza: It’s a front for a monster-hunting organization!

Learning to cook pizzas is one thing, but killing hideously terrifying monsters? That’s a whole other story. Still, if Toby quits Killer Pizza, will monsters take over his town?

Fun, right?

and then for the sporty types,

KICKS

 

The Kicks is written by Olympic Gold medalist Alex Morgan! She teaches  self confidence and determination in practically the only sporty series written for girls. Bonus? Girls of color on the cover; SCORE!!

So, what K books have you read?

 

 

 

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Children

Winter Sports Reads for Middle Grade Readers #Olympics2014

Winter Sports Reads for Middle Grade Readers

 

If you’re like me, you’re enjoying every prime time Olympic event.  If you have a sporty kid at home or perhaps a future Olympian, why not share these books with them to pique their interest? They’re short enough that even a choosy reader might be inclined to read about their favorite winter sport.

The sports covered in the collage are: Curling, Skiing, Figure Skating, and Snow  Boarding.

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What Olympic events are you enjoying?

 

 

 

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Are You Getting Ready for Sochi?

If you’re like me when the Olympics are on, you’re all like WHOOOOOPIE!!! I’ve said it during the Summer Olympics and I’ll say it now, I will watch ANY and ALL televised Olympic events!

Despite the fact that Sochi is having some real problems getting ready for the games, I’m sure in the interest of unity everyone will get their acts together and we’ll all have a good time.  This is a great time to talk to kids about how we are all different but yet we’re the same.

Here are a few pictures from the Olympic webpage that caught my eye:

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Look how cute these mascots are!?!  I found a website for the kiddos to learn about the mascots.  Click this link and check it out.

Another photo I found reminded me of Katniss from Hunger Games. You know I had to get a book reference in somehow, right?

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Look, it’s the Girl on Fire!!

I’ve got a pinboard full of Olympic games and activities. I’m always looking to add more items to it so let me know if you have a board too and we can share in the excitement!

By the way, what’s your favorite Olympic event aside from the opening ceremonies? Mine is Figure skating.

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Children

Martin Luther King & Civil Rights Books

I’ve have a few beauties to share with you in preparation for the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday.  Why not discuss the Civil Rights Movement as well as Dr. King’s legacy?

mlk collage

 

Go, on. Your little ones can handle it!

What are you doing for the day of service?