The Pig War – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Yes, it's hard to believe that we nearly went to war over a pig, but it's TRUE! And this book turns the incident into a funny, but cautionary tale that isn't stridently moralistic. And you have to love that pig blimp leaping over the harbor on the cover! The author, Emma Bland Smith, first provides … Continue reading The Pig War – Perfect Picture Book Friday

13 Ways to Eat a Fly – Perfect Picture Book Friday

After reading this title, the first thing I though of was Wallace Stevens' poem, 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. But blackbirds do not disappear in that poem. Here, the flies....meet their demise. One by one. And not just a single kind of fly. The reader watches 13 different kinds of flies—become someone else's … Continue reading 13 Ways to Eat a Fly – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Love in the Wild – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Love in the Wild is a colorful celebration of love in the animal kingdom, a perfect board book to read to a child snuggled on your lap. Katy Tanis's gently rhyming text takes the reader through a variety of animal scenarios found in real life, including holding paws, nuzzling necks, hitching rides, playing peek-a-boo, and … Continue reading Love in the Wild – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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

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

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