April 28 2019:
When the Shadbush Blooms
A great book about a Lenape Indian girl, about cycles and about tradition and change. We enjoyed it!
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
Wonderfully illustrated story of Eratosthenes who was born more than two thousand years ago. He was full of wonder and questions. Wherever he went and whatever he did, his curiosity and questions sent him from one discovery to the next.
His measurement of the circumference of the Earth was only two hundred miles different from our own calculations today. Great story about a man who always let his curiosity lead the way.
Fire in the Heart – A Spiritual Guide for Teens –
I listened to the audio version of this book with Thomas and Lillian about seven years ago. I’m not one to let books written for specific age groups deter me! HA!
I remembered loving this book back then. Recently, I had been having the urge to experience it again. I’m hoping Thomas and Lillian decide to read it also.
A non-fiction story of an elder man, Baba, whom Chopra encountered when he was 15 years old. Chopra shares, in his beautiful writing style, the lessons he learned from Baba.
For the Right to Learn – Malala Yousafzai’s Story
We are so inspired by Malala Yousafzai!! At 17 years old she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. She almost lost her life for being outspoken about equal education in her home country of Pakistan.
“This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change.”
December 22 2018:
Wanda Gag – The Girl Who Lived to Draw
Wonderful story of the author of “Millions of Cats”. Wanda Gag’s childhood was filled with German fairy tales, musical evenings, and hours spent in her father’s painting studio. As soon as she learned to draw, she couldn’t stop and dreamed of becoming an artist.
This book is an inspiration … an inspiration for anyone with a dream! We ALL LOVED it!!
December 15 2018:
The Art of Miss Chew
I loved, loved, loved this book! Another by Patricia Polacco and this one is based on the true story of how Polacco became an artist. It’s the story of her first real art class taught by the amazing Miss Chew.
This is a heartwarming story of discovering she was an artist and the wonderful teacher who helped her discover it!
December 8 2018:
The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton – Poet
A wonderful story about a determined man in the early 1800’s who loved words and loved poetry the best. George Moses Horton was a slave who taught himself to read, sold poetry to college students, and published several books.
All of this at a time when African-American literacy was discouraged, devalued, and even outlawed in this country. Horton was a person with talents and hopes and dreams, and a desire to be free. GREAT book!
December 1 2018:
Across a Dark and Wild Sea
Interesting book about Columcille who was born in a remote corner of Ireland in the year 521. He grew up to become a monk and a scribe. This was a thousand years before the invention of printing and books had to be copied by hand.
We really enjoy Don Brown’s books and illustrations. This one too!