Saturday, September 5, 2020

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi was published in 2020. This book was originally published as Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi, and is a remix written by Jason Reynolds for teen readers. I am hoping our school district will add this book to our approved book list because I'd like to use it in my classroom. 

Our school librarian loaned me the school's copy, but I found I needed to annotate - a lot, so I bought my own copy. This book, while not a history book, details the roots of racism in our world and especially in the United States. 

One great thing about this book is it gives just enough information about many topics to make you want to learn more, so it becomes a great catalyst for research. It touches on so many things that are at the roots of systemic racism. This book makes me feel like we can do better and that we must to better. 

Page xvi; "There will come a time when we will love humanity, when we will gain the courage to fight for an equitable society for our beloved humanity, knowing, intelligently, that when we fight for humanity, we are fighting for ourselves." ~Ibram X. Kendi




Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

Link to our NICU book registry to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

More NICU Donations

 We've received many NICU donations in the last few weeks. I am way behind on getting them posted and thanking you all because I've been getting my classroom ready and school has started. I'm excited to be back in the classroom. I also enjoy the bonus Scholastic points that allow us to get even more books. 

Katey Blakely sent the books in the next several pictures. 





Crystal Loveland sent these. 

I ordered more books from Scholastic with the money donated by an anonymous donor. With the bonus points I was able to get so many books with this money. The next several pictures are the 356 books that we were able to get. 

Also from our anonymous donor.

Even more from our anonymous donor. 

These are from our anonymous donor.

These are from our anonymous donor. 

These are from our anonymous donor. 

Teresa Moore sent these two. 


Valarie sent this batch of books. There are so many good ones in here. 

Thank you all so much for your generous donations. 

Link to our NICU book registry to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Everything to Spend the Night by Ann Whitford Paul and Maggie SmithWe

Everything to Spend the Night written by Ann Whitford Paul and illustrated by Maggie Smith is an ABC book published in 1999. I collect ABC books and this one is so cute. This story features a little girl going to spend the night with her grandfather. She's brought a huge travel bag full of treasures. 

She says, "Grandpa! Grandpa!
Come and see
the things I brought
for you and me - 
I packed my bag.
I filled it tight with . . .

Everything to spend the night. 

First with Apples we can share 
with Bunny and my fuzzy Bear. 

The story continues with something to represent each letter of the alphabet. Grandpa is getting tired from all the activities his grand daughter has brought along. This story has a cute ending.

This book is currently out of print but you can find it on line. 


We have received more donations for our NICU book project. I appreciate every single book we get. 

Lori Cash donated this selection to our NICU book project. I love the tiny board books; they are just right for baby hands. 

Debbie Murray sent these books. 

Kate Thompson sent us this selection. 

Thank you all so much for your generous donations. 

Link to our NICU book registry to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Perfect by Max Amato

Perfect by Max Amato was published in 2019 and my grand kids think this book is funny.

The story begins with a clean eraser on a clean page. Pencil joins the story and starts drawing on the page, and Eraser is able to wipe out all the marks. 

The story progresses with more and more writing on the page and Eraser struggling to keep the page clean until finally. Eraser can't keep up, and the page is all in pencil. 

Eraser discovers that he can draw pictures by erasing. I liked the humor of the illustrations. 

This is a fun story that would be great to use as a lead up to an art lesson or one on working together. 



Nancy Frandsen sent 25 books for our NICU book project. Sandra Boynton books are so much fun.  Thank you so much, Nancy. 



Link to our NICU book registry to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U GiveAngie Thomas' debut novel, was published in 2017, and although I'd heard many good things about this book, I'd put off reading it. This book is a Coretta Scott King and a Michael L Printz Honor book.

The Hate U Give is incredibly well written. Starr Carter, the main character, witnesses the fatal shooting of one of her friends at the hands of a police officer, and the subsequent criminalizing of her friend is terrible. They call him a Thug - thus the title.

Starr lives in a poor black neighborhood, but she attends a suburban prep school. She feels pulled by both sides, and her attempts to keep her worlds from colliding don't work out they way she hopes.

This story shows the aftermath of this shooting. Thomas puts the reader right in the situation. I felt anger, I cried, and I worried about the characters.

Thomas writes about race relations in a way that is easy to relate to. She talks about poverty, about colorism, police brutality, police fear of those of color, criminalizing the victim, and bigotry.

I thought this book would be more polarizing, but it is a well written story that builds bridges. There are so many talking points. I would love to teach this book in the classroom. Kudos to Angie Thomas.


James and Wyatt Frandsen from CJF sent books for our NICU book project. Thank you both so very much. 

Link to our NICU book registry to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 




Friday, July 3, 2020

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin  written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet was published in 2013. I had never heard of Horace Pippin. Horace was born in 1888 on February 22. His grandmother had been a slave and he had large capable hands just like she did.

Horace was a hard worker and he loved to draw and paint. He spent his early years creating pictures for those he cared about. He was often asked to "Make a picture for us, Horace."
He used natural colors, but he liked to add a splash of red to his paintings.

Sweet's illustrations fill the page with quotes by Horace and images of things from his time. Sweet made art that matches his style of art.

As a young man, he served in WWI, and he was shot in the right shoulder and it weakened his arm and hand so that he could no longer draw or paint. After some time, he regains some strength in his right hand, and he uses his left hand to brace and hold his right arm and hand up so he can continue to create art. Pippin is an example of working hard for what he loved.

I went online after reading this picture book and looked at Horace Pippin's artwork. He said, "Pictures just come to my mind and I tell my heart to go ahead; and The war brought out all the art in me."

During WWI, he journaled and drew pictures in a notebook. Here are some of those pages.



Here are some of his paintings.




A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin is a Robert F Sibert Honor book.


We've had a few more donations to our NICU book project this week.

My sweet momma, Rolean Peterson sent this collection.


Aaron Reeder sent this fun selection.

Seth Dickson sent these cute books.

My cousin, Ben Grow sent me a big box of books. Some of these will go to local little free libraries, but many of them will head to the NICU babies. 


I appreciate each book that is donated to our project. Thank you all so very much. 

Link to our NICU book registry to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 





Friday, June 26, 2020

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander was published in 2014 and is written in verse. The verses in the book are visually appealing because of form and font usage. This would be a great book for any reader who needs a fast paced story with a lot of white space. 

Josh and Jordan Bell are sons of a retired basketball star, and their father has worked hard to teach them all he knows. Both boys are amazing players, but things start to change when Jordan falls in love, and when their dad starts having health problems. 

The book is broken into sections just like a basketball game, from warm-up to over-time.

Page 20:
Basketball Rule #1

In this game of life
your family is the court
and the ball is your heart.
No matter how good you are,
no matter how down you get,
always leave
your heart
on the court.

This book deals with race relations, sibling relationships, parent relationships, and friendships. I enjoyed the sections that deal with hair issues. I liked how realistic the relationships and the characters felt. This won the Newbery award and is a Michael I Printz Honor book.


Several more donations to our NICU book project have come in.

Janelle Topik donated these books.

Naomi Peterson sent this selection.

Miranda Heinz sent these books to honor her son, Liam.



Family members of one of our NICU staff sent this selection.

Once again, thanks to everyone who has sent books for the babies. We appreciate your support of this project.


Link to our NICU book registry to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 







Wednesday, June 24, 2020

NICU Book Project Helpers part 4

I'll get back to book reviews soon, but first, I have more people to thank. I appreciate each and every book that we receive. Your donations help us continue our project on the scale we like, which is that every NICU baby at McKay Dee Hospital receive a packet of five books during their stay.

I don't know who sent this touch and feel book, but I thank you.




Kelli Nelsen sent this fun Mem Fox book. 


Rachel donated this sweet board book to our NICU.


Kathy Newman sent this fun selection.

These are also from Kathy Newman. Mo Willems is such a great children's author.

Teri donated this darling board book.


We received  a monetary donation from an anonymous donor, and this is what I bought with 1/3 of it. I am a teacher, so I use my Scholastic order to purchase and then use my points to get even more books for the NICU. We will be using the rest of this money over the next two or three months as different titles go on sale. The rest of the pictures show the 294 books I was able to get so far. 







Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to our project this month. You've saved us. 

Link to our NICU book registry to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

Read to a child today even if that child is you.