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Let’s Dance! by Valerie Bolling, Maine Diaz (Illustrations)

Let’s Dance! by Valerie Bolling,
Maine Diaz (Illustrations)

There is SO much to love about Let’s Dance! It’s a picture book that incorporates music and dance from all around the globe.

This rhythmic showcase of dances from all over the world features children of diverse backgrounds and abilities tapping, spinning, and boogying away!

Tap, twirl, twist, spin! With rhyming text, author Valerie Bolling shines a spotlight on dances from across the globe, while art from Maine Diaz shows off all the moves and the diverse people who do them. From the cha cha of Cuba to the stepping of Ireland, kids will want to leap, dip, and zip along with the dances on the page!

There’s more to the book than just the dancing though. The accurate depictions of the people of color ensure that all children of all races and abilities are represented. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that! I could imagine singing and dancing with a class of littles with this title. Super Great story!

Here’s where you can find the author:

valeriebolling.com

Twitter: valerie_bolling

Instagram: valeribollingauthor

Instagram: letsdancebook

And because there is so much diversity, it qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge!
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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?

mlk collage

 

Go, on. Your little ones can handle it!

What are you doing for the day of service?

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The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays Day 5

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays

Beautiful by Stacy McNaulty

On the fifth day of the Diversity Countdown we have Beautiful by Stacy McNaultyJoanne Lew-Vriethoff

Every girl is unique, talented, and lovable. . . .Every girl is BEAUTIFUL.
Much more than how one looks on the outside, true beauty is found in conquering challenges, showing kindness, and spreading contagious laughter. Beautiful girls are empowered and smart and strong!
BEAUTIFUL breaks barriers by showing girls free to be themselves: splashing in mud, conducting science experiments, and reading books under a flashlight with friends. This book will encourage all girls to embrace who they are and realize their endless potential.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the illustrations in this adorable picture book. It shows girls of every race, ability, etc, doing what girls do; which is everything. A great way to break those gender stereotypes that kids start to believe in their preschool years.

 

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Happy Hanukkah! Schmelf the Hanukkah Elf by Greg Wolfe, illustrated by Howard McWilliam

Schmelf the Hanukkah Elf

Shmelf is one of Santa’s most important elves. He’s part of the List Checking department, and he makes sure all the good boys and girls get their presents! But when Shmelf finds out that some children are missing from Santa’s list, he goes to investigate.

What Shmelf uncovers is Hanukkah, a wondrous and joyful holiday that Jewish families celebrate each year. As Shmelf observes a family lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and hearing the Hanukkah story, he sees how special the traditions of the holiday truly are-and he wants to be a part of it! Luckily, Santa just might have a special role in mind for Shmelf….

Isn’t that the cutest little elf face ever? I love that this book is focused on the little ones. I know some little ones don’t understand that they celebrate differently than their friends. Here’s a way to make Hanukkah feel special for the little ones who are confused or who want to learn about Hanukkah.

Schmelf!

This fun book counts for their Diversity Reading Challenge!

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Is it time to start thinking about Christmas books? I think SO! Here are a few for the Littles.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Llama llama holiday drama by Anna Dewdney

Poor little Llama is overwhelmed with all the holiday preparations.

You will LOVE it!!

And this is an old favorite (who doesn’t love a Rotty?)

Carl’s Christmas

Carl's Christmas by Alexandra Day

and another pooch who thinks she’s a reindeer:

Olive

Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh

What’s Christmas without Elmo?

Elmo’s 12 Days of Christmas

Elmo's 12 Days of Christmas

(its all about monsters)

and of course, Tomie de Paola’s

The Legend of Old  Befana

an Italian spin on Christmas

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Eraser by Anna Kang, Illustrated by Christopher Weyant will make you want to BUY! MORE! ERASERS!!

Eraser by Anna Kang, Illustrated by Christopher Weyant
will make you want to BUY! MORE! ERASERS!!

If you’re in love with all things BTS then you’ll love this gem. Eraser, our heroine, is ALWAYS cleaning up everyone else’s messes and she never gets credit for her valuable work. Woe is the day when the markers, crayons, glue, and everyone else realizes that when Eraser is gone, nothing is right! If I were a revenge seeking kind of person, then this turn of events would be so satisfying to say “I Told You So”. But still, Eraser gets her day to SHINE. How? Like I’m gonna spoil that for you, are you kidding?

If you love adorbs kids books, you’ll also want to check out You Are (Not) Small by Kang and her husband. It’s also thoroughly delightful as it teaches the littles about big and small and relative size. Hey does this Eraser look a little like what little PammyPam might look like? hmmmmm maybe. If you wanna see something suuuuuuuper adorbs go to Anna Kang’s website and find the pic of her smooshy little face as a toddler in a traditional hanbok. Oh the squishy cheeks!

All of Kang’s books are super cute and fun for littles to read on their own. They tackle easy to understand “problems” that kiddos can understand. I mean, if you’ve read I am (Not) Scared, you’ll understand.

Grab this book now and donate it to your little’s classroom and snag a copy for yourself so you can have it at home too. It’s that good. Eraser’s unite!

P.S. this qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge.

 

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Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson Day 21

Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson

Black History Month is a great time to discover new authors and illustrators of color. I’ve been crushing on Kadir Nelson for some time now, and try as I might, he seems to allude me.  What better way to celebrate his beautifully moving illustrations by highlighting one book a day during Black History Month?

Thunder Rose

 

Thunder Rose

Jerdine Nolan & Kadir Nelson

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Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson Day 20

Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson

Black History Month is a great time to discover new authors and illustrators of color. I’ve been crushing on Kadir Nelson for some time now, and try as I might, he seems to allude me.  What better way to celebrate his beautifully moving illustrations by highlighting one book a day during Black History Month?

Just the Two of Us

 

Just the Two of Us

Will Smith & Kadir Nelson

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Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson Day 19

Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson

Black History Month is a great time to discover new authors and illustrators of color. I’ve been crushing on Kadir Nelson for some time now, and try as I might, he seems to allude me.  What better way to celebrate his beautifully moving illustrations by highlighting one book a day during Black History Month?

All God's Critters

 

All God’s Critters

Bill Staines & Kadir Nelson

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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?