I found this great site called Africa Access, founded in 1989, to help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their children’s collection on Africa. Africa Access Review, our online database, contains over 1000 annotations and reviews of children’s books written by university professors, librarians, and teachers most of whom have lived in Africa and have graduate degrees in African Studies. Their award, Children’s Africana Book Awards has presented more than forty awards since 1992. These are the winners for 2010 with reviews by Africa Access.
Top 100: Children’s Novels from School Library Journal, grades 3-8th, for 2010. Great classics that have stood the test of time plus newly released Newbery award winners.
Rocky Road is the perfect summer read, as appealing as hot weather and ice cream! [chapter book, ages 9-12]
Happy Birthday United States on this 4th of July! To celebrate with picture books, I hope you enjoy two picks with an Asian twist. Both families are immigrants from China. The children in each book , like all children of immigrants, straddle between two worlds trying to be “more-American-like-their-friends” while immersed in the culture and traditions from their home country. But what is lovely in both these books is an acceptance that there is no one correct way to celebrate being an American. This is a homage to the United States of America, the great melting pot nation. Happy Birthday!
Reach Out and Read contacted me to see if I would help spread the word about their new ambitious campaign to put 1,000,000 books into the hands of children through a partnership with doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners. They are hoping that you can help donate books virtually by making a donation for a specific book here. Or organize a book drive for them (see details here). Or just read to a child.
Use the unscheduled time this summer to strengthen your child’s weaknesses whether it’s social, academic or creative. What does that mean exactly? I’ll illustrate with my kids:
This is ebook is not interactive but the story is so cute and the narration so lovely that it will be a hit with any little girl who insists on wearing only pink. There is a sticker application also that lets you move cute round pick “stickers” to your photo album so you print out at another time. The illustrations for this book (and ebook) are also lovely.
In short, my son and I highly recommend both One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish ebook iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app AND the Up with a Fish game. Any app with Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media is a winner!
What: Campaign to aid people of Afghanistan through The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a non-profit started by author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.