Children Diversity Reading Challenge

I Used to Be Famous by Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie is THE BOOK WE ALL NEED

I Used to Be Famous by Tara Luebbe
and Becky Cattie

Do the illustrations look familiar? They should! That’s because they are by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, who has illustrated a number of SUPER ADORBS books like:




Both of which were uplifting messages for the littles.

I Used to Be Famous is the story of a darling and multi talented Brown skinned girl who laments her fall from fame due to a new baby in the house.  You’ll love our heroine because she’s not bratty at all.

There’s so much to love about this story because any child who’s had a new baby sibling in the family will be able to relate to Kiely’s (the star) feelings. Additionally, the book reflects positive images of an African American family, which while encouraging, allows readers to see that  families of POC are no different than theirs. Similar to Peter’s Chair (Ezra Jack Keats) you’ll see the gentleness and understanding of what it means to be a big sibling.

I can’t love this book any more. It’s so friggin fraggin adorable.

Add I Used to Be Famous to your TBR pile for kids of all ages. It qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge too!


Becky Cattie has always had a flair for the dramatic and loves all things entertainment—especially character-driven narratives. She was a casting producer for reality TV shows like NBC’s America’s Got Talent, ABC’s Extreme Makeover, and E!’s The Simple Life in Los Angeles. She lives in Chicago. Tara Luebbe is a self-described “Picture Book Nerd.” In her previous life, she owned a toy and book store in Atlanta, which was a catalyst for writing her own books. This is the third picture book collaboration for sisters Tara and Becky; their first two books, I Am Famous and Shark Nate-O, were published in 2018. To learn more, visit
Facebook: BeckyTara Books
Twitter: @t_luebbe and @b_cattie
Instagram: @taraluebbe and @beckycattie
“This clever exploration of the mixed emotions of welcoming a new baby into a family is sure to elicit more than a few laughs from the divas accustomed to having all the attention.” —Kirkus Reviews
One lucky winner will receive a copy of I USED TO BE FAMOUS  (U.S. addresses), courtesy of Albert Whitman & Company.

What’s In My Ear? #FridayListens

What’s In My Ear?


What have I been listening to lately?

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by AS King


Wow was this good!

Have you read it?

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.


A Color Game for Chester Raccoon by Audrey Penn

chester racoon

A Color Game for Chester Raccoon by Audrey Penn

Remember The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn?



The adorable and groundbreaking book about separation anxiety? I read it to my littles when they went to school.  Fortunately, Audrey Penn has been busy making more books about cute little Chester raccoon.  I want to read them all!

You can visit her website for fun stuff. Plus, check out the fun book related activities here.

What’s your fave Chester raccoon book? Kissing Hand? Tell me!




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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