2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Children

Taking the Mystery out of Black History Month

It’s February and that means Black History Month! YAY!!!! A month dedicated to celebrating African Americans and all the talents that they bring to the world. Black History Month is a great time to try something new: a book, a work of art, piece of music, etc., anything that was made special by people of color.

The problem is, where do you start?



To many people, deciding what to do or how to participate in Black History month is a mystery. That’s what ya have me for! I’ll help take the mystery out of what books, why, and for whom.

To kick off Black History Month I’d to remind you of Moses aka Harriet Tubman. This beautifully illustrated picture book written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by my crush Kadir Nelson is a great place to start.

The lils can look at the glorious illustrations. The older ones can listen attentively as you read about Harriet Tubman as she led her people (just like Moses) through the Underground Railroad; parts of which dissect Philadelphia, which is where I live.  You might learn something and you might find a new fave picture book.

Also? This book counts toward the 2015 Diversity Reading Challenge, as it’s written by a person of color AND there’s a person of color on the cover.




Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye and Giveaway!

Seven for a Secret
Well what can I say about Seven for a Secret except that I love it long time! To be sure, I liked  Gods of Gotham but I love Seven for a Secret even more! Seven is the follow-up to Gods  of Gotham. In Seven for a Secret our beloved Timothy Wilde is back. Copper starred Tim is discovering new and nefarious  crimes in New York. Tim learns that his nemesis, Madam Silkie  Marsh, a mab, is inextricably involved in even more heinous crimes. Silkie  has become  the Voldemort of 1847 New York City; everywhere you go, she has minions doing her evil work.
Our lovable Tim  is a lovable and unreliable narrator which is at times difficult to stomach. Through his unreliable recollections we learn that his beloved Mercy is in London and that his brother, Valentine, may or may not be a bad guy. Within the story we learn of slave trading, sodomy,child abuse, politics, art theft, and even the underground railroad. There is just so much crime going on in New York it’s difficult to imagine that the same city that we love today had such humble (and nefarious) beginnings.
I can’t wait to see what happens to Tim in the next installment. How much more depravity can one city handle? Be leery for the next book!
Now for something fun: a GIVEAWAY! The chaffey moll Lyndsay, in an effort to avoid a scrapp with me has offered a signed copy of Seven for a Secret for me to giveaway! Don’t look at me cutty-eyed, it’s not a hummer; it’s totally true. You don’t even hafta be on the muscle or get into a mitten-mill.  Enter to win below…

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Lisa Scottoline Book Club Daddy’s Girl

Lisa Scottoline Unconventional Librarian



















It’s been great fun hosting a Lisa Scottoline Book Club at Towne Book Center & Cafe.  Many of the ladies have read much more than I have but I can see why they are devoted readers.  To be sure, I’m a noob to Lisa Scottoline; but I’m hooked nonetheless.  So far, I’ve read these titles:

  • Look Again (A World Book Night pick)
  • Don’t Go
  • Come Home
  • Everywhere That Mary Went
  • Daddy’s Girl

I’ve enjoyed all the book immensely, but like others, I enjoy the legal thrillers the most.  I love that Scottoline tools around the Philadelphia area naming neighborhoods I’ve heard of or been in; it makes me even feel more part of the story. August’s pick was Daddy’s Girl about a law professor at Penn (coincidence?) who stumbles upon a horrible prison riot, falls in love, and gets pegged for murder.  I loved it! There’s a great surprise about the Underground Railroad, which, if you know history,  you know that the Quakers and Chester County, PA were a vital portion of the railroad.


At next month’s meeting we’ll play catch up in preparation for the big party at the author’s house in October.


Have you read any of Lisa’s books?  Which are your favorite?