Elizabeth Started All the Trouble – That’s why I’m voting today


Elizabeth Started All the Trouble by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Matt Faulkner is the best book for children I’ve read about the Suffragist Movement.  Instead of focusing on one or two women, it gives a historical view of the entire movement.  I don’t want to spoil all of the book, but did you know… Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote?  The suffragists held a parade the day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration?   Women were beaten by angry mobs while picketing the White House?  And so much more.  The illustrations perfectly depict the time period and emotions of the cause.

Today is an election day in many states, including mine.  I overhead ML and her friend’s discussing candidates recently.  They exclaimed no one should vote for Trump because third graders are more mature than he.  Several said they would vote for Hillary.  I asked why?  They gave some valid reasons.  But what struck me the most is they didn’t say anything about her being a woman.  At least with four third grade girls, a woman president is no big deal.  Elizabeth would be proud.

Pax – Mock Newbery 2017


As I read books this year, I’ll post when I think a book is a Newbery contender.  I already knew Pax by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Jon Klassen was a contender before I started it.  It’s getting lots of buzz from those that love children’s literature.  I’m often skeptical children will like the books adults are talking about.  In this case, I’m wrong.  I haven’t read any of it with ML; but I know she’s going to love it.  The only person I know who will love it more is her animal-crazy friend SJ.

SJ’s family participated in our Mock Newbery last year.  I feel certain they will again this year.  Who else wants to join the fun?

One More Dino on the Floor

One More Dino

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the publication of One More Dino on the Floor by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Luke Flowers for several reasons.  There are never enough dinosaur picture books, counting books aren’t prevalent either and Kelly Starling Lyons is a local author.

This brightly illustrated book is perfect for story times.  All the dinosaurs are sharing their cool moves when tyrannosaurus shows up. . .

For all my local followers, Kelly Starling Lyons will be at Quail Ridge Books this Saturday (March 5) at 2:00.