Category Archives: diversity

Hurricane Child – Middle Grade Book Recommendation

Title: Hurricane Child Author: Kheryn Callender Publisher: Scholastic Press, 2018 Ages: 10-13 Themes: black, lgbtqia+, Caribbean, internalized homophobia, depression, micro-agressions, racism, disappearing parent, self-esteem, cultural identity, spirits, coming-of-age Genre: Contemporary Opening: My ma’s voice is rough and low. When she speaks to strangers on the … Continue reading

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Mela and the Elephant – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Title: Mela and the Elephant Author: Dow Phumiruk Illustrator: Ziyue Chen Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press, April 15th, 2018 Ages: 3-7 Themes: kindness, empathy, Thai customs, Thailand, fables   Opening: Mela set out to explore the banks of Ping River near her home. Her little brother … Continue reading

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Ziyue Chen – Illustrator Interview

My online author-illustrator friend, Dow Phumiruk has just released a new picture book, Mela and the Elephant, which I love and am reviewing on Friday.  Ziyue Chen’s art beautifully enhances Dow’s text, and in my goal to interview as diverse … Continue reading

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