#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Animals Brag About Their Bottoms

Let's face it: butts, buttocks, bottoms—whatever term you prefer—are funny. Cute animals are always a hit. Put them together, and you have the delightful Animals Brag About Their Bottoms. Published just this year by the children's imprint of Canada based publisher Greystone Books, this beautifully illustrated and cheeky picture book is a wonderful read aloud … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Animals Brag About Their Bottoms

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Argh! There’s a Skeleton Inside You!

Sometimes, aliens need a little helping hand. Well, Oort and Quog certainly do when they crash land on their way to a friend’s birthday party. Argh! There’s a Skeleton Inside You! is an information picture book aimed at readers ages 4+. It's a fabulous mix of fun, fact and fiction with bright, engaging illustrations throughout. … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Argh! There’s a Skeleton Inside You!

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Who Left the Light On?

A picture-book ode to the power of creative nonconformity, Who Left the Light On? achieves a rare trifecta: a loosely rhyming book in translation with brilliant illustrations. Mix in important themes—embracing diversity and expressing oneself—add a huge dollop of whimsy, and you have the ingredients to this charming tale. But the sum of the parts … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Who Left the Light On?

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Alya and the Three Cats

Welcoming a new baby into an established household is not always easy, especially when some family members don’t quite understand what is going on. This charming Moroccan import for young children ages 2 and up tells a new baby story from the perspective of three cats: Minouche, Pasha and Amir. Even if, like me, you’re … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Alya and the Three Cats

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Meet Reviewer Lebohang Masango

Photo credit: Austin Malema Please extend a warm welcome to Lebohang Masango who joins the #WorldKidLit Wednesday team at the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative blog as a regular reviewer. Lebohang is a writer, poet and anthropologist with an impressive range of publications to her name, including Mpumi’s Magic Beads, a picture book for which … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Meet Reviewer Lebohang Masango

#BlackIsBeautiful: Let’s do it for the culture: Books that celebrate the roots and origins of hip-hop music

The following books celebrate the beauty and roots of hip-hop music and culture. Casual readers and hip-hop aficionados will be thoroughly engaged with these books while bobbing their heads  to the beats of their favorite "Master of Ceremonies" (MC) or newly discovered ones. Young Adult: Let Me Hear a Rhyme: by Tiffany D. Jackson Lyrics: … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Let’s do it for the culture: Books that celebrate the roots and origins of hip-hop music

#BlackIsBeautiful: Black Hair is Beautiful

Cornrows Written by Camille Yarbrough Illustrated by Carole Byard Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons ISBN-10 : 0698114361ISBN-13 : 978-0698114364 In this heartwarming picture book, a hairstyling session prompts a discussion between a young girl and her great-grandmother about the history of cornrows.  The elder tells her entranced great-granddaughter about the endurance of the hairstyle from its origins … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Black Hair is Beautiful

#BlackIsBeautiful: Brown Is Too!

Fostering a sense of self-worth and tenacity in children is a critical aspect of their development.  The following list is for those who wish to reinforce the importance of self worth in Black children, encourage them to see themselves as individuals, and to view their features, hair and complexion as elements of beauty and pride … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Brown Is Too!

#BlackIsBeautiful: The Black Crayon

The Black Crayon Written by Andrew Vassall Illustrated by Unc Jon Published by First Edition Design Publishing ISBN-10 : 1506906958ISBN-13 : 978-1506906959 This unusual picture book is told from the perspective of a black crayon, who feels unloved as each of the other crayons are used except him.   As he watches children make drawings with his … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: The Black Crayon

#BlackIsBeautiful: Sulwe

Title: Sulwe Author: Lupita Nyong’o Illustrator: Vashti Harrison ISBN-10: 1534425365 ISBN-13: 978-1534425361 Bestseller, Sulwe written by Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o is a recipient of numerous awards and is featured in Netflix’s show, Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices. This powerful story addresses colorism and how it can be hurtful. All children should know  they are beautiful in … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Sulwe