New Shoes

Basic Info: Written by Susan Lynn Meyer. Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Published by Holiday House in 2016 (reprint edition). Book Review: One day, Ella Mae's brother give her a pair of hand-me-down shoes that just don't fit and she has to go get a new pair. She's very excited until she gets to the shoe... Continue Reading →


The Storyteller’s Candle/La Velita de los Cuentos

Basic Info: Written by Lucia Gonzalez and Lulu Delacre. Published by Lee & Low Books in 2008. Book Review: This beautiful, bilingual book tells the story of two fictional young children, Hildamar and Santiago, who have just moved to New York City from sunny Puerto Rico.  They're nervous about their new city and miss home,... Continue Reading →

As Fast as Words Could Fly

Basic Info: Written by Pamela M. Tuck. Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Published by Lee & Low Books in 2013. Book Review: This book tells the story of a young boy named Mason Steele. Mason loves taking his father's ramblings about the civil rights and turning them into hand-written letters until one day his dad brings... Continue Reading →

The Drinking Gourd

Basic Info: Written by National Geographic Learning. Published by HarperCollins in 1970. Book Review: In this level 3 "I Can Read" book, a family of escaped slaves find their way to Deacon Fuller's house in the hopes of receiving solace. This tale is all about whether or not this family can make it to freedom,... Continue Reading →

I Survived: The Nazi Invasion, 1944

Basic Info: Written by Lauren Tarshis. Published by Scholastic in 2014. Book Review: In 1944, World War II was in full-swing. In I Survived: The Nazi Invasion, 1944, a young Jewish boy escapes his ghetto and joins a group of Nazi resistors in a Polish forest. Can he win against the Nazis or does he not... Continue Reading →

The Mighty Miss Malone

Basic Info: Written by Christopher Paul Curtis. Published by RandomHouse in 2013. Book Review: Deza is the smartest girl in her class in 1936 Gary, Indiana. She lives with her father, her mother, and her brother Jimmie. The Great Depression has made it difficult for black men to find work, so her father left in... Continue Reading →

The War that Saved My Life

Basic Info: Written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Published by Puffin Books in 2015. Book Review: Nine-year-old Ada's mother is too embarrassed of Ada's twisted foot to let her out of their one-bedroom apartment and it isn't until Ada's brother, Jamie, is sent to London to escape the World War II that Ada is able to... Continue Reading →

Ruth and the Green Book

Basic Info: Written by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Gwen Strauss and illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Published in 2010. Book Review: Ruth and the Green Book tells a story from Ruth's perspective, a young girl who travels with her family from Chicago to Alabama in the 1950s. She is faced with racism at a hotel and at... Continue Reading →

Mama Played Baseball

Basic Info: Written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Chris O'Leary. Published by Harcourt Books in 2003. Book Review: Mama Played Baseball is told from the perspective of a young girl named Amy whose father is fighting in World War II and whose mother is playing in the All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League. This book... Continue Reading →

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