Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me

  Basic Info: Written by Daniel Beaty. Illustrated by Bryan Collier. Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in 2013. Book Review: Every morning, a little boy plays a game with his father. His father knocks at the door and the little boy pretends to be asleep until his father comes right next to the... Continue Reading →

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Mango, Abuela, and Me

Basic Info: Written by Meg Medina. Illustrated by Angela Dominguez. Published in 2015. Book Review: When Mia's abuela leaves her house in the sunshine amid palm trees and birds to come live with Mia in the city, Mia realizes that she and her grandmother don't speak the same language. Mia tries to teach her abuela... Continue Reading →

Rain is Not My Indian Name

Basic Info: Written by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Published by HarperCollins in 2001. Book Review: Rain is Not My Indian Name is a story about a 14-year-old girl named Rain whose best friend has just died. After a 6-month hiatus from normal life, the book catches up with Rain as she begins to reenter the world.... Continue Reading →

Starring Grace

Basic Info: Written by Mary Hoffman. Illustrated by Caroline Binch. Published by Puffin Books in 2001. Book Review: This book catches up with Grace (from Amazing Grace and Boundless Grace) right as school gets out! She and her friends decide to use Grace's backyard as their headquarters for the summer, using it to play circus, emergency... Continue Reading →

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Basic Info: Written by Patty Lovell. Illustrated by David Catrow. Published by Scholastic in 2001. Book Review: Molly Lou Melon is a little girl who is clumsy and has a "unique" look about her. She is fine with this because her grandmother has always told her to stand tall and be proud and she has... Continue Reading →

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

  Basic Info: Written by Gary Rubinstein and Mark Pett. Illustrated by Mark Pett. Published in 2011 by Sourcebooks. Book Review: The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is the story of a nine-year-old girl named Beatrice Bottomwell who has never ever made a mistake. She has adoring fans waiting outside of her house every day and... Continue Reading →

The Most Magnificent Thing

Basic Info: Written and illustrated by Ashley Spires. Published by Kids Can Press in 2014. Book Review: The Most Magnificent Thing is the story of a young, unnamed girl who sets out with her best friend (her dog) to create "the most magnificent thing." She runs into some roadblocks along the way, gets frustrated and tries... Continue Reading →

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Basic Info: Written by Jack Gantos. Published by Macmillian in 1998. Book Review: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key is the story of Joey Pigza, a young boy who has always been told that he is "wired." This book follows him as he deals with an ADHD diagnosis and his attempts to manage his behavior and medicine. Joey... Continue Reading →

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