It’s raining kids books

It’s been a great week for picture books! I read the 7 picture book finalists for this year’s Cybils Awards, but since I’m a judge I can’t give my thoughts until the winner is announced. Check them out here.


Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters
Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama, illustrated by Loren Long. 40 pages, pub. 2010

Obama writes about the traits of his daughters (and all Americans) based on those who have come before us. Qualities like the strength found in Helen Keller and the pride in America found in George Washington. He also featured ten others. Beautiful illustrations too. This is not a political book, but an American one.

Really Liked

Ticktock Banneker's Clock
Ticktock Banneker’s Clock by Shana Keller, illustrated by David C Gardner. 32 pages, pub. 2016

In the 1700’s Benjamin Banneker built a clock with a bell (called a striking bell) to sit on a mantle using only his own drawings and a knife (the bell he purchased). Perfectly shows that ingenuity is just as important as good schooling and money.

Fake News (21st Century Skills Library: Global Citizens: Modern Media)
Fake News: Global Citizens: Modern Media by Wil Mara. 32 pages, pub. 2018

How to mark the anniversary of January 6 in our homeschooling day? By spending over an hour studying fake news, who spreads it and the damage it causes, like January 6 when it almost derailed the foundation of our government.

This book was excellent. It’s short, but up to date with social media dangers and real examples of the harm it does to the world as a whole. A great current resource for worthwhile discussion.


¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! the Dance That Crossed Color Lines
Mambo Mucho Mambo! by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Eddie Velesquez. 40 pages, published by 2021

This book tells the story of how the multicultural mambo came to be in New York City. It showcased each of the cultures in their parts of the city beautifully. Great for showing different cultures coming together to make something new.

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