Shirley Chisholm Is a Verb! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Connect. Moved. Dreamed. Speak. Loved. Graduated. Organize. Improve. Honor. Listen. Campaigned. Represent. Traveled. Voted. Oversee. Create. Earned. Helped. Challenge. Announced. Convince. Do. Protested. Gained. Planted. Ascend. Inspired. Pave. Awarded. What do all these words have in common? They're all verbs used to tell Shirley Chisholm's story. And in doing so, they bring her energy to … Continue reading Shirley Chisholm Is a Verb! – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Once upon a time near Tulsa, Oklahoma,prospectors struck it rich in the oil fields.The wealth created jobs, raised buildings,and attracted newcomers from far and wide,seeking fortune and a fresh start. Text ©️Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustration ©️Floyd Cooper Carol Boston Weatherford, a skilled writer, has chosen to set the tone with a fairytale "once upon a … Continue reading Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Opening the Road – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Victor Hugo Green was tired of hearing no.Victor loved the freedom of driving on the open road,but too often the road was closed to him. It was like thisfor most Black people in the United States.When he and his wife, Alma, traveled from New York to Virginia to visit family, they riskedgetting turned away, yelled … Continue reading Opening the Road – Perfect Picture Book Friday

A Whale of a Mistake – Perfect Picture Book Friday

None of us worry about making mistakes, right? Right. Well, just in case you do, take a look at this lovely book. The first illustration is up close and personal: Text/Illustration ©️Ioana Hobai The text addresses the reader directly: Text/Illustration ©️Ioana Hobai Oh, no! What did I do? How could I have done something so … Continue reading A Whale of a Mistake – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Dark Was the Night – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Can you name the blind Black man whose music was recorded on a Golden Record called "The Sounds of Earth," placed in a time capsule in 1977, and sent out of our solar system on Voyager I? No? Here's a book that gives the man, Willie Johnson, his due: Instead of starting off with the … Continue reading Dark Was the Night – Perfect Picture Book Friday

“Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Was it the great Shakes who said: A nose by any other name would smell as accurately? Yes, I think he was the one. And I think he was talking about the young James Kelly in search of a career, of something that would make him special. His future was out there. He could almost … Continue reading “Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Girl on a Motorcycle – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Amy Novesky has no interest in writing a standard biography. I'm thinking specifically of her books, Cloth Lullaby: the Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois; Mi, Frida; and Imogen: The Mother of Modernism and Three Boys. I imagine her focusing a wide angle lens on her subject, then combing through every wavelength of light until it … Continue reading Girl on a Motorcycle – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Farmers Unite! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

As cold winds start to blow across what once was prairie, this farmer's daughter thinks of that long, bitter winter so long ago. The winter when farmers sent a message to Washington....by driving their tractors there. FARMERS IN 1977had a problem: they weregoing broke. Crop prices tanked.Expenses soared for tractors,fuel, and land. “When a bushel … Continue reading Farmers Unite! – Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Broken Heartland – An Omen from 1990

As we consider current election results and the aftermath, I'd like everyone to take a peek at the following: If anyone in Hillary Clinton's campaign had read this book, if any Democrat had read this book 10 or 20 or 30 years ago, we might be in a different place right now. The author, Osha … Continue reading Broken Heartland – An Omen from 1990

Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane

To Emma Lilian Todd, problems were likegusts of wind: they set her mind soaring. This lyrical sentence introduces us to a girl aswirl with ideas, curiosity, and a tinkering spirit. Just HOW do things work? Lilian figures things out. But what can a girl in the late 1800s do, if the world isn't quite ready … Continue reading Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane