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Discover Black History Month with Little Shaq!

Discover Black History Month with Little Shaq

Little Shaq by Shaquille O'Neal

 

When you think of Black History month do you think of politicians or just of musicians and actors? What about famous athletes? African American have contributed to society in so many ways! I’d like to share with you a great little book about Shaquille O’Neal, the basketball player.  He has a new series out called Little Shaq.

Little Shaq is a book for emerging and middle grade readers, depending on their interest.

When Little Shaq and his cousin Barry accidentally break their favorite video game, they need to find a way to replace it. That’s when Little Shaq’s science project inspires a solution: a gardening business. They can water their neighbors’ gardens to raise money for a new game! Little Shaq and Barry make a great team both on and off the basketball court, but will their business be as successful as they hoped?

The best thing about this book is that it shows kids (and maybe some adults) that athletes can have other talents than on the ball field or the court. Friends, family, business, and fair play are lessons that readers will enjoy.

This title also counts toward the Diversity Reading Challenge. Way to go Little Shaq!

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I’m such a book nerd I used to read the phone book

BOOK NERDS UNITE

AFTER THIS CHAPTER!

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Like many readers, I began reading as a child. I was an only child so lack of books was never a problem. My mother was always willing to take me to the bookstore and let me buy a stack of my own books. To be sure, her stack was just as tall!  In addition, I was a frequent visitor to the library and thought nothing of bringing a stack of books home from there as well. I ate books for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack, when I wasn’t watching TV, or going to marching band practice, or doing lots of homework.

When I ran out of my own books I started reading my mothers. Her books weren’t as interesting to me, but I managed to find a few (I don’t remember the titles). The fact is I enjoyed coming of age stories and fantasy and her books didn’t contain any dragons! Can you believe it? Ick.  I even remember reading the dictionary AND the phone book. I’m pretty sure that reading the dictionary and thesauri helped me become the linguist I consider myself today.

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Michelle Garrett

Given my love for learning, it is no surprise that I’ve always wanted to get advanced degrees. I went to college right out of high school but the advanced degrees took time. I was always going to school, taking night classes everywhere I lived. I was once in an English lit class with a famous astronaut, but I thought he was a blowhard and there is only room for one blowhard in my life. ME.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve been able to put my ego in check and am not the blowhard know it all I used to be (but don’t ask my kids, they’ll say differently). I’ve been successful in furthering my education and one day hope to be able to pursue my PhD (E.D, prolly) so I can introduce myself as Dr. Pam (which I frequently do anyway). The best aspect of furthering your education? Reading. To be sure, there is A LOT of reading. Boy howdy is there a lot. But it’s so worth it.

If it weren’t for reading, I don’t know what my life would be like, but I take great pride in my love of books and if you have ever run into me, I will probably offer to give you a book. That’s what I like to do: share books. It’s like sharing love.

That’s what reading is to me: love.

And cake. Cake is love.  That’s why I host the literary tea parties that I do. What better way to show you care than a party full of tea, cake, and books?

Please tell me I’m not the only person who read the phone book and the dictionary.
And maybe the legal dictionary.

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Books Children Diversity Reading Challenge

Discover Black History Month with Little Shaq!

Discover Black History Month with Little Shaq

Little Shaq by Shaquille O'Neal

 

When you think of Black History month do you think of politicians or just of musicians and actors? What about famous athletes? African American have contributed to society in so many ways! I’d like to share with you a great little book about Shaquille O’Neal, the basketball player.  He has a new series out called Little Shaq.

Little Shaq is a book for emerging and middle grade readers, depending on their interest.

When Little Shaq and his cousin Barry accidentally break their favorite video game, they need to find a way to replace it. That’s when Little Shaq’s science project inspires a solution: a gardening business. They can water their neighbors’ gardens to raise money for a new game! Little Shaq and Barry make a great team both on and off the basketball court, but will their business be as successful as they hoped?

The best thing about this book is that it shows kids (and maybe some adults) that athletes can have other talents than on the ball field or the court. Friends, family, business, and fair play are lessons that readers will enjoy.

This title also counts toward the Diversity Reading Challenge. Way to go Little Shaq!