My name is Jennifer and I’m a 30-something with a doctorate in Cultural Studies and a MA in Literary Studies. I also have a toddler. I didn’t give children’s picture books much thought until I was pregnant; until then my research focused on “grown-up” culture: films, literature, even pornography. But, as a Lefty mama with a PhD I understood the role cultural texts, like picture books, play in shaping how we perceive ourselves, the world, and all the people in it (and the animals, environments, ideas, ext.). I wanted the hours a week I knew we’d spend reading to help my child understand the most important lesson I think a parent can teach – you are good if you do good.
This blog reviews some of our favorite children’s books. I hope it helps other parents find awesome books! Feel free to email recommendations, comments, and questions to email@example.com.
For Publishers and Authors: I review diverse, LGBTQ* inclusive, and social justice themed children’s picture books, early chapter books, middle grade books, and young adult books. I prefer hard copies (especially for children’s picture books and graphic novels). But, I understand the cost can be prohibitive and accept E-books. *It is currently taking me 4 – 6 weeks to review picture books and 8 – 12 weeks to review MG and YA. Email me with requests at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to use the blog: Scroll down, discover great books, buy the books, read the books!
I was truly honored to be invited by Penny Candy Books
to participate in the cover reveal of the brilliant Mariana Llanos
‘ upcoming picture book Eunice and Kate.
I’m sure you will find Elena Napoli
‘s illustrations as fun and inviting as I do.
This sweet story is scheduled for release February 11, 2020, which is National Make a Friend Day! It’s a fitting release date, since the story is about two friends and neighbors with a lot in common, including moms who struggle to pay the bills while also filling their homes with love and laughter!
Even though Eunice and Kate share many experiences, the girls have distinct personalities and dreams. In fact, conflict arises when both girls fail to acknowledge and celebrate what makes the other unique.
The story provides a valuable lesson about appreciating difference. It also subtly represents urban living and working class experiences usually absent from children’s picture books.
This week I am boosting an amazing blog! Please, check out Colorful Pages!
I really appreciate this post about building an ethnically diverse library for children and young adults. Colorful Pages is a wonderful resource for parents, educators, and librarians.
47,000 Beads (2017), written by Koja Adeyoha and Angel Adeyoha and illustrated by Holly McGillis, is a Flamingo Rampant publication about a child named Peyton who does not want to participate in her community pow wows because she isn’t comfortable wearing a dress. Her Auntie Eyota acknowledges Peyton’s feelings and works with family and community to help Peyton connect with her cultural traditions while creating an identity she is comfortable claiming. Continue reading
My name is Jennifer Miller and I blog about children’s books at Raise Them Righteous. I recently started a new project on my blog – AMPLIFY – to boost blogs and bloggers that I love and am excited to support. Today I’m featuring Kaitlin Kamalei Jenkins‘s website Colorful Pages. Her website & blog have it all – author interviews, lesson plans, book reviews – oh my! Colorful Pages is a great resource for educators & parents – check it out! Continue reading
The Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans (1991), written by Johnny Valentine and illustrated by Lynette Schmidt, is an early Alyson Wonderland publication full of whimsy and charm.
The first story, “The Frog Prince,” is about a boy, Nicholas, who discovers a talking frog. The frog informs Nicholas he is really a prince and needs to be kissed to be transformed back into his true form. Nicholas begrudgingly plants a kiss on the frog and it does, in fact, transform into a prince. The prince explains that his parents could be cruel and as punishment for a minor offense had permitted a wizard to experiment on him. Continue reading