Matt Mendez’s Barely Missing Everything

Barely Missing Everything

Matt Mendez’s emotionally demanding Barely Missing Everything (2019) explores the lives of working-class Mexican Americans living in El Paso, TX.  A teenage boy named Juan anchors the text, which focalizes his experiences as well as those of his mother, Fabi, and his best friend, JD.

Juan and JD are high school seniors planning life after high school, but just barely. They both have hazy visions of the future. JD, a film enthusiast, aspires to make movies and carries a camera wherever he goes. Juan, a high school basketball star on a mediocre team, doesn’t imagine himself doing anything else. Additionally, Fabi, a teen mom turned 30-something mom of a teenager, tends bar to make ends meet. Continue reading

Anika Aldamuy Denise’s Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Story Teller Pura Belpré (2019)

Written by Anika Aldamuy Denise and illustrated by Paola Escobar, Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Story Teller Pura Belpré (2019), is an exceptional biography of New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian. In addition to accessibly and inventively capturing Pura’s story, the book provides a window into US history. It is also a timely tale of Arts-based activism that speaks to ongoing struggles to secure equal access to cultural representation. Continue reading

#Giveaway

I just reached over 2100 followers on my blog and over 2000 followers on Twitter – 4000+ total! To show my gratitude I’m giving away a couple righteous board books! To enter the giveaway follow me on Twitter @jlmiller516 and retweet the pinned post. The winner will receive both books – US only please. Winners will be drawn 4/17!

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Coming Soon: Isabel Sanchez Vegara’s Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi (Little People, BIG DREAMS)

Mahatma Gandhi, written by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Albert Arrayas, will be available from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children’s on April 30, 2019.  It is part of their Little People, Big Dreams series.

Arrayas’ captivating illustrations add a sense of whimsy to this picture book biography of Gandhi, a man deeply invested in justice. Continue reading