Freedom’s a-Callin Me (2012) by Ntozake Shange (illustrated by Rod Brown) is an imagining of the lives and stories of men and women who participated in the Underground Railroad. Each page contains a different poem, which chronicles one potential portion of a slave’s journey northward. Shange and Brown don’t pull punches in this children’s book […]Read more "Freedom’s a-Callin Me by Ntozake Shange"
Lately, I’ve seen a variation of the above image circulating on my Facebook feed. In one comment thread, someone asks if this is the awesome thing about Eeyore, or if it’s the great thing about his friends. Almost everyone who responded to that particular person said some variation of “both.” For a time, Eeyore was […]Read more "Emotional Labor & Eeyore"
I work with youth, which means that from time to time I have the good fortune of reading a book I loved in childhood again as an adult — without having to read it again and again six times a night for years, or whatever it is that parents have to put up with (horrors). […]Read more "Teaching Consent: A House for Hermit Crab – Eric Carle"
So, you’ve got this book, Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner (2011). It has beautiful, rich, watercolor illustrations, and provides wonderful (and fun) alliteration (Solomon spies and Solomon slithers, for instance). To all outward appearances it’s (another) book about bullying & inclusion. Solomon Crocodile harasses the other animals in the story (frogs, dragonflies, storks, and finally […]Read more "Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner (2011)"
Ah, the joys of stereotypes. Wolves, by Emily Gravett (2005) was a book I came to because of reading Wolf Won’t Bite, which I’ve previously reviewed on this blog. Wolves is a Boston-Globe Horn honor book, an award given for excellence in children’s and YA literature. This made me pretty excited for the book, which […]Read more "Wolves by Emily Gravett"