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Biographys: Black Women in Children’s Lit

March 13, 2017

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Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat Ella Fitzgerald by Roxane Orgill and Sean Qualls; Candlewick Press, 2010 This chapter book biography goest back to Ella’s childhood growing up during the Great Depression in New York. Fitzgerald had a hard childhood, essentially growing up in the streets. It was her love of music and talent as a dancer that […]

Biographies: Black Men in Picture books

February 23, 2017

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Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks and Colin Bootman (Lee and Low; 2016) Tiny Stitches is as much a history of modern medicine as it is a children’s biography of Vivien Thomas. The book revisits a time when someone could become a respected practitioner of medicine based upon their […]

book review: Perfect Liar

August 2, 2016

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title: Perfect Liars author: Kimberly Reid date: Tu Books/Lee & Low; 2016 main character: Andrea “Drea” Faraday young adult realistic fiction I was excited to see a new release from Kim Reid and for the most part, I was not let down. Perfect Liars is an innovative story that reflect today’s teens in their high risk […]

review: When We Was Fierce

July 25, 2016

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Title: When We Was Fierce Author: e. E. Charlton-Trujillo Date: Candlewick; August 2016 Main Character: Theodore “T” Clark young adult fiction   Edited 26 July 2016 This review is part of a collaborative effort that began on Sunday 24 July with a guest review from Jenn Baker.  It continued on Reading While White Blog with […]

guest review: When We Was Fierce

July 24, 2016

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Title: When We Was Fierce Author: e. E. Charlton-Trujillo Date: Candlewick; August 2016 Main Character: Theodore “T” Clark young adult fiction There have been undercurrents for the past few months reacting to the forthcoming When We Was Fierce written by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo (Candlewick). Charlton-Trujillo’s previous novels include  Feels Like Home (Random House/Delacorte), Prizefighter En […]

review: My Name is Not Friday

May 12, 2016

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title: My Name is Not Friday author: Jon Walter date: Scholastic, 2016 main character: Samuel “Friday” YA Historical Fiction My Name is not Friday is British author Jon Walter’s sophomore novel. The beginning is slow moving and a bit disorienting. It feels odd in that we’re in one of the most racially charged eras in […]

book review: Dorothy Must Die

April 25, 2016

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title: Dorothy Must Die author: Danielle Paige date: Harper, 2014 main character: Amy Gumm young adult fiction   We all cheered for Dorothy to find the Wizard and make her way back home to Kansas. We loved Glinda’s sparkle and the shine of the yellow brick road, but sometimes too much ‘good’ just isn’t all […]

Book review: The House You Pass on the Way

March 10, 2016

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title: The House You Pass on the Way author: Jacqueline Woodson date: Delacorte Press, 1997 main character: Staggerlee Canan   “And freedom? Oh, freedom. Well that’s just some people talking. Your prison is walking through this world all alone.” Any book that begins in the winter is gong to be a cold, lonely story and […]

review: When the Slave Esperança Garcia Wrote a Letter

February 11, 2016

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Title:  When the Slave Esperança Garcia Wrote a Letter Author: Sona Rosa Illustrator: Luciana Justiniani Hees Date: Groundwood Books; 2015 picture book; nonfiction Author Sonia Rose and illustrator Luciana Justiniani Hees created this non-fiction picture book to commemorate the life of Esperanca Garcia, the first enslaved Afro Brasilian to write a letter of petition for her freedom. The date of the writing […]