28 February 2018
written by Robert D. San Souci, images by Don Daily
Come On, Rain!
written by Karen Hesse, images by Jon J. Muth
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
written by Derrick Barnes, images by Gordon C. James
Dancing In the Wings
written by Debbie Allen, images by Kadir Nelson
David Gets His Drum
written by David (Panama) Francis and Bob Reiser, images by Eric Velasquez
Don't Call Me Grandma
written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, images by Elizabeth Zunon
Drumbeat In Our Feet
written by Patricia A. Keeler and Julio T. Leitão, images by Patricia A. Keeler
Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite
written by Anna Harwell Celenza, images by Don Tate
written by Ellen Jackson, images by Leo and Diane Dillon
Emma and Julia Love Ballet
written and illustrated by Barbara McClintock
Tea Cakes for Tosh
written by Kelly Starling Lyons, images by E.B. Lewis
Ten Nine Eight
written and illustrated by Molly Bang
The Bake Shop Ghost
written by Jacqueline K. Ogburn, images by Marjorie Priceman
The Gospel Cinderella
written by Joyce Carol Oates, images by David Diaz
The Hula-Hoopin' Queen
written by Thelma Lynne Godin, images by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
The New Small Person
written and illustrated by Lauren Child
The Six Fools
written by Zora Neale Hurston, adapted by Joyce Carol Oates, images by Ann Tanksley
This Jazz Man
written by Karen Ehrhardt, images by R.G. Roth
written by Jerdine Nolen, images by Kadir Nelson
written by Dakari Hru, images by Ken Wilson-Max
Two Old Potatoes and Me
written by John Coy, images by Carolyn Fisher
written by Angela Johnson, images by Laura Huliska-Beith
written by Kate Feiffer, images by Jules Feiffer
written by Julia Dennos, images by E.B. Goodale
Yesterday I Had the Blues
written by Jeron Ashford Frame, images by R. Gregory Christie
You and Me and Home Sweet Home
written by George Ella Lyon, images by Stephanie Anderson
Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug
written by Evan Kuhlman, images by Chuck Groenink
Have You Seen Elephant?
written and illustrated by David Barrow
I Won a What?
written by Audrey Vernick, images by Robert Neubecker
A Young Dancer: The Life of an Ailey Student
written by Valerie Gladstone, images by José Ivey
21 February 2018
Papaw at his 40th wedding anniversary.
Thirty-five years ago today, the world lost a good man -- Papaw, my grandfather.
I've written about my grandmother, Nana, and her final days, but Papaw died when I was six years old. Long before blogs. Long before hybrid cars. Long before smart phones and tablets. Long before so many things.
Thirty-five years is a long time. It's a long time to miss someone. It's a long time to cling to memories. And it's a long time for memories to fade.
For years, I had a cassette tape that had Papaw's voice on it. Sadly, I've lost that tape somewhere along the way. I don't really remember his voice anymore. I recall the voice on the tape being somewhat deep, but I no longer know if that's true.
Here's what I do remember about Papaw.
He read to me almost every night. I know he read more books than these, but I especially remember him reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss; Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman; and The Astrosmurf by Peyo. I knew Green Eggs and Ham so well that I could tell Papaw when he messed up reading.
Papaw hated reading The Astrosmurf. It's a comic book, so the text is in bubbles. He had a hard time with those. But I must have thought he was wonderful because I wanted him to read that book over and over (or maybe I knew he hated it and wanted to torture him).
Papaw used to wrap me in a blanket on cold mornings before school and carry me over to Mom's house (I usually stayed at Nana's and Papaw's overnight). Then he would start Mom's truck for us, so it would be warm when we left. Once I moved to Indiana, I wished he were here to do this all again, although I wouldn't have needed to be carried.
While Mom took me to school, I rode the bus home when I was in kindergarten. Papaw met me at the end of the driveway in his golf cart or the truck (weather dependent) every day and drove me back to the house.
Nana, Papaw and me.
Papaw loved working in his garden. We have some old home movies where I'm following in his footsteps while he's tilling the earth. I remember doing that more than once. I thought he couldn't see me because I was directly behind him and wanted to scare him when he turned off the tiller. I do not remember whether or not I was ever successful.
On the back of this photo, Nana wrote "the day before
he left us."
It seems like we went to see him in the hospital every day after school. I was in first grade, and Mom would pick me up. We would drive an hour to the hospital in Victoria and stay there for a while before coming home. Nana was already there.
I know that he explained the cancer to me, but I don't recall the words he used. I know he told me he was going to die and what that meant, but I don't remember how he did that either. I do remember that he told me not to cry when he died.
When that happened, I honored that request.
19 February 2018
A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull
written by Kathleen Krull, images by Jane Dyer
written by Meg Cabot
Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis
written by James L. Swanson
Camping With the President
written by Ginger Wadsworth, images by Karen Dugan
Dear Mr. Washington
written by Lynn Cullen, images by Nancy Carpenter
Diana's White House Garden
written by Elisa Carbone, images by Jen Hill
Don't Know Much About the Presidents
written by Kenneth C. Davis, images by Pedro Martin
Duck for President
written by Doreen Cronin, images by Betsy Lewin
FDR's Alphabet Soup: New Deal America, 1932-1939
written by Tonya Bolden
written and illustrated by Lane Smith
Master George's People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation
written by Marfe Ferguson Delano, images by Lori Epstein
written by Aaron Reynolds, images by Sara Varon
President Taft Is Stuck In the Bath
written by Mac Barnett, images by Chris Van Dusen
The Revolutionary John Adams
written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness
Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library
written by Barb Rosenstock, images by John O'Brien
written by Kate Feiffer, images by Jules Feiffer
A Picture Book of Dolley and James Madison
written by David A. Adler & Michael S. Adler, images by Ronald Himler
Lincoln's Spymaster: Allan Pinkerton, America's First Private Eye
written by Samantha Seiple
Teedie: The Story of Young Teddy Roosevelt
written and illustrated by Don Brown
13 February 2018
written by Bill Staines, images by Kadir Nelson
The Animals and the Ark
written by Karla Kuskin, images by Michael Grejniec
Anne Hutchinson's Way
written by Jeannine Atkins, images by Michael Dooling
Beautiful Moon: A Child's Prayer
written by Tonya Bolden, images by Eric Velasquez
The Beautiful World That God Made
written by Rhonda Gowler Greene, images by Anne Wilson
The Best Kind of Gift
written by Kathi Appelt, images by Paul Brett Johnson
The Flame Tree
written by Richard Lewis
Big Momma Makes the World
written by Phyllis Root, images by Helen Oxenbury
Changing Woman and Her Sisters
written by Katrin Hyman Tchana, images by Trina Schart Hyman
written by Amy Christine Parker
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith
written by Deborah Heiligman
Dancing the Ring Shout!
written by Kim L. Siegelson, images by Lisa Cohen
Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World
written by Alexis York Lombard, images by Alireza Sadeghian
06 February 2018
A Handful of Stars
written by Cynthia Lord
Hello, My Name Is Ruby
written by Philip C. Stead
Best Friends At School: A Hunter and Stripe Story
written by Laura Malone Elliott, images by Lynn Munsinger
I Kill the Mockingbird
written by Paul Acampora
Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record
written by Annie Barrows, images by Sophie Blackall
Jasper & Joop
written and illustrated by Olivier Dunrea
02 February 2018
Yeti, Turn Out the Light!
written by Greg Long and Chris Edmundson, images by Wednesday Kirwan
written by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Harvey Stevenson