Do you have a child who loves Lego, but doesn’t like to read? I found the perfect book for them. Awesome Minds: The Inventors of Lego Toys by Erin Hagar and art by Paige Garrison. Have a child who doesn’t like to read but loves Super Soakers? Try Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton and illustrated by Don Tate. Both these books have engaging text and illustrations. No boring biographies here. An added bonus is both books show how perseverance pays off.
Awards season for Children’s Literature is fast approaching. Today, as I read The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore I thought, why should we exclude ourselves to Mock Newberys and Mock Caldecotts. Why not a Mock Coretta Scott King? With twelve days left before winners are announced, it’s too late for me to coordinate a formal Mock Coretta Scott King; but I promise the books below would be on my list.
This award “given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.” (ALA website)
There’s an author award, an illustrator award and a new talent award. I’ll let the committee hash out which book should go where. I’m hoping to see all of these books on one of the lists. In most of the books, we learned about amazing people we didn’t know about. The fictional account of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony sitting down in 1904 with a cup of tea kept us up way past bedtime.