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Carefree, Like Me! – Ch. 2: Sacra the Joyous by Rashad Malik Davis

Carefree, Like Me! – Ch. 2: Sacra the Joyous by Rashad Malik Davis

Forget about any picture book you’ve ever read before. Because Rashad Malik Davis’ illustrations will absolutely blow you away: the vivid coloring and the magical quality of the illustrations make the scenes jump out at you as if you’re watching a 3-D movie.

The story rhymes which is always a bonus in my book! But the most amazing bit about the story is that the characters accurately depict the features of the ethnicities of the characters. Imagine that! African American characters with African American features! Kids need accurate representation in so many ways. For far too long if kids saw a person of color in a book, that character had the same features as the white characters, and just given brown skin. But not here! The reader will be able to recognize themselves or their friends in the illustrations.

Accurate representation is so magnificent. Davis is an artist, every page moves the story along. Grab a copy for yourself and check out the author on social media:

http://www.ramalikillustrations.com 

Twitter @RashadMDavis

Instagram @ramalik_illustrations

Also? His books qualify for the Diversity Reading Challenge. Thanks for being an inspiration for kids, Rashad!

 

 

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Diversity Reading Challenge

Diversity Reading Challenge 2020 is Here! Read #DiverseBooks

diversity reading challenge

It’s time for the Diversity Reading Challenge! Reading diverse books benefits everyone and the DRC makes it easy. Pick one book from each category.

Read a book:

  1. Written by and for a Latinx person
  2. Containing an African American young woman
  3. An African American young man
  4. With a SE Asian main character
  5. With an illustrator of color
  6. Containing an LGBTQ main character
  7. Graphic novel with people of color
  8. Of speculative fiction containing people of color
  9. With a native American protagonist
  10. With a person with a mental illness
  11. With a person with a disability
  12. With a Muslim main character

You can combine it with other challenges or do it alone. It’s like peanut butter, it goes with everything!

I can already think of 7 books that would go with the Diversity Reading Challenge. What’s your first read gonna be?

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Diversity Reading Challenge

Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman, Illustrated by Eda Kaban

Pink is for Boys

 

 

A little guy, who is now a young man, once told me, when I complimented him on his blue nail polish that “Blue is for everyone” and I never forgot that thought. Why? Because it’s true. Colors don’t belong to people.

Pink is for Boys is the cutest ding dang book I’ve seen all year! I’m not sure when colors began as boy or girl colors but I think it’s a ridiculous practice that should have ended decades ago. What Pink is for Boys points out is that colors are for everyone! The opening illustrations show children of all ethnicities wearing pink clothes in a pink room, dancing, singing and having a party to alert the reader that pink is for everyone.

Blue is for girls, by the way, in case you didn’t know. And it’s also for boys. Especially when they are wearing baseball uniforms and play on a team. Let’s not forget that yellow is the color of stars and crowns. Throughout the book the reader is bombarded with the positive message that colors are not gender specific AND the children are multiethnic and have differing abilities.

I love this book so hard. If you have little ones in your home, add this to your library ASAP because colors are for EVERYONE.

(crying)

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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – #Herstory Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with
Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter

Today’s post includes a video. I thought I’d read this great book to you. Take a listen, it’s a picture book that’s powerful and says so much about where African American’s have come when it comes to voting. This book is great for kids of all ages.

 

What did you think? Powerful, huh? Voting is something we take for granted when not too long ago, many of us wouldn’t have been able to vote. So, turns out, Lillian’s story is our story.

Thanks for watching!

 

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Children Diversity Reading Challenge

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – NatGeo, Slave Ships and Shackles from the Deep by Michael H Cottman

Today’s book doesn’t celebrate Black History so much as discusses it from its origins.

Shackles from the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy starts off with a great opening line, which is actually on the inside flap:

NOT ALL SUNKEN TREASURE IS ABOUT GOLD.

Isn’t that great? As the author dives he discovers the Henrietta Marie and the treasures hidden inside that tell the story of a slave trip. The book contains amazing photographs of cooking utensils and most chilling: iron shackles.

It’s a must read for folks of all ages.

This is as close as I ever want to get to a slave ship.

An embarrassing history that needs to be told.

Check it out.

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Children Diversity Reading Challenge

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – NatGeo, Slave Ships and Shackles from the Deep by Michael H Cottman

Today’s book doesn’t celebrate Black History so much as discusses it from its origins.

Shackles from the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy starts off with a great opening line, which is actually on the inside flap:

NOT ALL SUNKEN TREASURE IS ABOUT GOLD.

Isn’t that great? As the author dives he discovers the Henrietta Marie and the treasures hidden inside that tell the story of a slave trip. The book contains amazing photographs of cooking utensils and most chilling: iron shackles.

It’s a must read for folks of all ages.

This is as close as I ever want to get to a slave ship.

An embarrassing history that needs to be told.

Check it out.

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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – Alice Walker’s The Color Purple #Herstory

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I remember in college first reading this phrase and it struck me; Everything wants to be loved. And I still believe it’s true.

Do you have a quote from The Color Purple?

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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – Poetry

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Poetry

Poetry, you either love it or you hate it.Sometimes you get it sometimes you don’t. Even when you don’t get it you pretend like you do because you don’t want to look like a jerk who doesn’t understand poetry, right? As long as it rhymes, I like it. Everyone needs a poem in their pocket, right?

On the Bus with Rosa Parks, Poems by Rita Dove

The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves by Gwendolyn Brooks

Maya Angelou

Poetry for Young People by Langston Hughes

Guess who wrote this poem?

The crocodile cried. The lion sighed. The leopard sneered. The jaguar jeered. The antelope shouted. The panther pouted. Everyone screamed “We never dreamed that ever could be in history a tiger who loves to wear white gloves.”

Gwendolyn Brooks!

 

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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.

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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – It’s Kadir Nelson Day!

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson

You know how much I love me some Kadir Nelson, right? You know I couldn’t go more than a minute without featuring his books, right? So Let’s go! Welcome to Channel Kadir Nelson!!

Mandela

Baby Bear

Please, Baby, Please

Ellington Was Not a Street

Moses

D’ya get the idea? Kadir Nelson is a prolific illustrator. Take a look at your bookshelves. You prolly have one of his there already. If not, GO GET ONE!!

HAPPY KADIR NELSON DAY!