REVIEW: TOGETHER WE MARCH (25 PROTEST MOVEMENTS THAT MARCHED INTO HISTORY)

One of the most powerful things I observed during this past summer of demonstrating for racial justice was just how influential young people, sometimes very young people, were to the movements in my community. Whitney Houston sang, “I believe the children are our future.” I say, “thank Heaven.” Hopefully they’ll do a better job than we have. In the meantime, baby activists will want to add this inspiring book to their reference collection.

REVIEW: Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston

Confession time: I often don’t care for picture book biographies. They’re hard to do well; either their subject matter is too adult for the preschool crowd, or their treatment of their subject is too shallow for the adult reading it. It’s a tricky thing to get right, but author Alicia D. Williams and illustrator Jaqueline Alcántara have struck a near-perfect tone with Jump at the Sun, a compelling and delightful picture book about national treasure Zora Neale Hurston.

REVIEW: The Bug Girl (A True Story)

This is a marvelous book. I can’t recommend it enough, not just for young bug boys and girls, but for all kids, those with passions, and those who might be inclined to dismiss other’s interests, for those who feel alone and shunted to one side, and for those who are doing the shunting. And for the parents of all of the above, as a little reminder of what we’re supposed to be doing here. Well done, Sophia. I can’t wait to see what you do next.

REVIEW: Sing Like No one’s Listening

With a charming cast of characters like flamboyant and gorgeous dance phenom Alec, cruel dance teacher Millicent Moore, singer/songwriter Fletch, mean girls Natasha and Jade, and terrifying martinet Cecile Duke, the plot moves along in a way that is comforting if a little predictable. Fans of Singin’ in the Rain will know exactly where the story is going, but they will enjoy getting there tremendously.

Review: Madeline finn and the therapy dog

Madeline Finn is a young girl with a big white dog named Star. Is he a lab? Is he a Great Pyrenees? Does it matter? No. He is adorable, and so is she. Madeline is training Star to be a therapy dog. They practice meeting people, sitting still, and meeting other dogs. Then it’s time for Star’s first of three tests at the retirement home. He passes with flying colors.

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