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Be Who You Are 6 Picture Book GIVEAWAY!

Be Yourself 6 Picture Book GIVEAWAY!

These newly published books encourage kids to be their own true selves. I’m giving away 6 of these picture books. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.

What are you favorite Daring To Be Different books? Thanks for sharing!


Be Yourself Picture Books!

The Umbrella Queen by Shirin Yim Bridges, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

Daring to paint from her heart, Noot makes her own tiny umbrellas so she can paint what she likes instead of the flowers and butterflies that are the standard for the umbrellas her village creates. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Be Who You Are by Todd Parr

With bright happy colors, Todd Parr gives a loving message to young readers to embrace who they are. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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Ellie Ultra Signed 2 Book GIVEAWAY!

Ellie Ultra Signed 2 Book GIVEAWAY!

Have you met superhero Ellie Ultra yet? Her parents are super-genius scientists who fight super villains and she follows right in their footsteps. Who knew that Winkopolis Elementary School would harbor so many devious criminals? This is an early chapter book series for girls who appreciate the challenge of juggling super powers while trying to fit in at school.

I’m giving away a pair of signed hardcover books. It’s the latest two books in the Ellie Ultra series! Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.

How about you? What are your kids favorite early chapter books and/or super heroes? Thanks for sharing!

Ellie Ultra: Superhero for President by Gina Bellisario, illustrated by Jessika von Innerebner

Ellie Ultra is a leader. As a superhero, she kind of has to be. So when the opportunity to become class president comes up, it’s a no-brainer that Ellie will run. The only downside is that devious Dex Diggs, her arch nemesis in the school, is going to run too. After an Ultra Genie wish machine gets into Dex’s hands, Ellie gets a glimpse of what the world will be like if Dex takes over. She has to do everything she can to make the world a better place and undo evil wishes, even if she isn’t president. [early chapter book, ages 6 and up]

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5 Great Growth Mindset Diversity Books & GIVEAWAY!

5 Great Growth Mindset Diversity Books & GIVEAWAY!

Please welcome my guest author today, Pip Jones. She is the author of Izzy Gizmo. We are giving away one copy of her book. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.

Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

This delightful rhyming picture book features a girl with a penchant for creating marvelous inventions and working through to fix the glitches that are part of the process. When she rescues a crow with a broken wing, she comes up with her biggest challenge yet. It’s not easy to create a flying machine but Izzy is not the kind of girl who gives up easily!

I love these STEM books that show girls who push through the hardest part of the inventing process. Use this picture book to get your kids thinking about engineering as creativity + problems = marveleous inventions! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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Celebrating Asian Americans for #WomensHistoryMonth

Celebrating Asian Americans for #WomensHistoryMonth

Every March, I scratch my head to recognize Asian American and Pacific Islanders in children’s books for Women’s History Month. Here’s my (too short) list. Who am I missing?Celebrating Asian Americans for Women's History Month

These AAPI women are notable but don’t have picture books yet…

  • Tammy Duckworth, military leader, U.S. Rep, activist
  • Amy Tan, author
  • Tokyo Rose, radio personality
  • Yoko Ono, artist
  • Margaret Cho, actress, comedian
  • Sandra Oh, actress
  • Michelle Wie, golfer
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, actor
  • Mindy Kaling, actor, writer
  • Mazie Hirono, US Rep
  • Ming Na Wen, actress
  • Constance Wu, actress
  • Michelle Kwan, ice skater
  • Kristy Yamaguchi, ice skater
  • Ann Curry, TV news anchor
  • Sugar Pie DeSanto, blues singer
  • Patsy Takemoto Mink, US Rep,  co-authored the Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Amendment
  • Yuri Kochiyama, activist
  • Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, activist
  • Michi Nishiura Weglyn, activist
  • Aki Kurose, activist
  • Cherry Kinoshita, activist

Good call Linda B:

  • Grace Lin
  • Grace Lee Boggs

Celebrating Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders for Women’s History Month

Queen Liliuokalani: Born September 2, 1838

Liliuokalani: The Last Queen of Hawaii by John MacGregor, illustrated by Pamela Johnson

Learn about the history of Hawaii and how it was taken over by the United States. [nonfiction, ages 8 and up]

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An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth

An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth 3 Book/Tote Bag GIVEAWAY

I’m thrilled to be participating in the An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth blog tour! To celebrate the release of this book, I’m giving away 3 books and a Sleeping Bear Press tote bag! To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.

An Ordinary Moth is Extraordinary If You Take the Time to Learn More

An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth by  Karlin Gray, illustrated by Steliyana Doneva

It’s easy to overlook a moth, especially a dusty brown one with no seemingly spectacular qualities. This rhyming picture book covers a range of moth species and spreads a message of looking deeper to find what is unique and special in all creatures. It’s an important lesson that can be applied beyond the inset kingdom. [nonfiction picture book, ages 4 and up]

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10 Books that Invite Falling Asleep with Animals & GIVEAWAY!

10 Books that Invite Falling Asleep with Animals & GIVEAWAY!

Please welcome author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater with her list of 10 Books that Invite Falling Asleep with Animals. We are also giving away a copy of her newest picture book, Dreaming of You. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.

What are your favorite bedtime books? Thanks for sharing!


Children and animals have a magical connection, and while not every child’s bed includes a dog or cat, most children’s beds welcome at least one stuffed creature.  Children love to think and wonder about animals both real and pretend – in nature and in our imaginations.  Here is a collection of animal bedtime books – some classic and some new – to help our littlest human animals fall sweetly into slumber.

10 Books that Invite Falling Asleep with Animals!

1. Dreaming of You by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, illustrated by Aaron DeWitt

Dreams are mysterious and magical, and this lyrical lullaby peeks into the dreams of a variety of animals, each of whom is dreaming of the child.  Soft, cozy illustrations and poetic text end with a wish for young readers, “And when the sun rises may you still remember/sweet animals dreaming of you.” [picture book, ages 3 and up]

2. All My Friends are Fast Asleep by David Weinstone, illustrated by Magali Le Huche

A boy struggling to fall asleep visits a variety of animals for sleeping tips (Hang from your feet like a bat? Snooze in waves like a whale?) but none of these tips feel right. At story’s end, he decides to be a boy after all, and after a long adventure, falls asleep in bed. The final endpapers offer chords to sing this sweet book. [picture book, ages 2 and up]

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Wonderful Children's Books About Myanmar (Burma)

Wonderful Children’s Books About Myanmar (Burma)

A teacher left a comment on my blog that she was looking for children’s books about Myanmar and Thailand for the children in her classroom who have recently immigrated from those countries. This list is for her. My Thailand children’s book list is coming soon.

Wonderful Children's Books About Myanmar (Burma)

I’ve searched but I’ve only found a handful of books suitable for a classroom read aloud to teach kids about their classmates’ home country. Can you help me out with your suggestions? Thanks so much!

p.s. I have another post on Burmese culture here: Burma or Myanmar for Kids Though Books and Activities.

Wonderful Children's Books About Myanmar (Burma)

Wonderful Children’s Books About Myanmar (Burma)

I See the Sun in Myanmar by Dedie King, illustrated by Judith Inglese

This is a wonderful bilingual picture book series that follows the day in the life of a family in various countries. In Myanmar (previously known as Burma), a young girl starts off the day by reciting verses of loving kindness that reflect the influence of Buddhism in her life. She shares food with the monks who pass by her house on their daily alms walk. It is considered an honor to give the monks food. Her mother is a nurse and she accompanies her to work. The end notes provide more information about Myanmar including its history and current political climate. [picture book, ages 6 and up]

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Diverse Children's Books

#DiverseKidLit Linky!

Welcome to #DiverseKidLit ! Please join us in sharing your diverse children’s book links and resources, as well as visiting other links to find great suggestions and recommendations.

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts. Read more…

My Son's 6th Grade Recommended Book List

My Son’s 6th Grade Recommended Book List

My son’s reading journey started when he turned three and wanted to only read about dinosaurs. At age four, his interest switched to Pokémon. He learned to read in kindergarten when he turned six and we read mostly picture books.

Graphic novels got him reading in first grade but we also read a lot of picture books too, particularly those with a math theme. By second grade, he read books about aliens, funny books, and graphic novels, and explored different genres in third grade.

In fourth grade, he read a combination of funny, realistic fiction and graphic novels with a little fantasy adventure thrown in. In fifth grade, he discovered he liked poetry thanks to Kwame Alexander. (Thanks Kwame!) This was the year his reading exploded.

Sixth grade was marked by a year of concussion, but we kept on reading with me reading aloud to him. I would describe his taste in books as solidly Rick Riordan, realistic fiction, anything funny including graphic novels, with an interest in science topics either in fiction or nonfiction. He is essentially your typical boy. We’d love your recommendations for a boy who likes funny, action adventure. Thanks so much!


My Son’s 6th Grade Reading List

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

This was the assigned summer reading for his rising 6th grade. We both really liked it, and were thrilled to learn that director Rob Reiner, also reading this book with his daughter, liked it so much that he decided to make it into a movie. My son isn’t into girls but he didn’t seem to mind this middle school love story. [chapter book, ages 12 and up]

Booked by Kwame Alexander

My son learned that he liked poetry after reading The Crossover. My son doesn’t play basketball but he’s played club soccer since he was eight. When I told him Kwame Alexander’s next book was about soccer, he was excited to read it. He liked this book about soccer, divorce, and bullying too. I was surprised that a soccer star could be bullied. I haven’t seem that where I live, but I guess it happens. [novel in verse, for ages 10 and up]

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