February 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Stories for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | SLJ DVD Review

K-Gr 5 –This DVD contains two picture book adaptations that highlight the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. to the civil rights movement: March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Dr. Christine King Farris and Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, with art by Bryan Collier.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –Since she was in eighth grade, Mara has held onto a secret that has shamed and hollowed her.

Black Bird Yellow Sun by Steve Light | SLJ Review

Toddler-PreS –A delightful journey through a day filled with bright exciting colors.

Cántale a tu bebé by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer | SLJ Review

Incorporating music and play into curricula and programming is essential to developing early literacy skills in young children.

Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu | SLJ Review

Gr 8 Up –French cartoonist Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse; California Dreamin’) offers 29 compelling biographies of renowned female artists, scientists, athletes, explorers, activists, and warriors.

American Panda by Gloria Chao | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Mei Lu is out of place at MIT and everywhere else in her life.

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Narrated by 17-year-old Marvin Johnson, this novel gives readers a glimpse into the life and the tragic death of his identical twin Tyler.

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty | SLJ Review

Gr 4-6 –McAnulty (Brave) makes a big splash with this series opener. Twelve-year-old Lucy, a.k.a. Lightning Girl, has been homeschooled by her grandmother since she was eight; she’s been a math genius ever since she was hit by lightning and survived.

I Got It! by David Wiesner | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 3 –Set against the backdrop of a pick-up baseball game, Wiesner’s nearly wordless picture book expertly layers elements of relatable emotion, boundless imagination, eye-popping action, and out-and-out fun.

Photographic by Isabel Quintero | SLJ Review

Quintero and Peña have set a new standard in artist biographies.

Education, Inc. | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 9 Up –Filmmaker Brian Malone presents cautionary evidence of the stealth privatization movement of public schools across the country.

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –Tamaki’s picture book debut explores color and the seasons in a lyrical, philosophical way that is rooted in a child’s sensibilities.

Americanized by Sara Saedi | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Readers will laugh, cry, and empathize with Saedi’s adolescent journey as an undocumented Iranian immigrant living in the United States.

Islandborn/Lola by Junot Díaz | SLJ Review

K-Gr 3 –When Ms. Obi asks her students to draw a picture of the country they are originally from, the children are excited. All except for Lola, “What if you left before you could start remembering?”

Jazz Owls by Margarita Engle | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Set during the Zoot Suit riots, this novel in verse tells a fictional account of a dark time in American history.

Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You by Marley Dias | SLJ Review

Gr 5 Up –Dias pens an eminently readable and nuanced personal narrative of her #1000BlackGirlsBooks campaign and her tips, tools, and strategies for effecting positive change in the representation of Black girls in children’s literature and beyond.

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow | SLJ Review

Gr 5-8 –The day before 13-year-old drummer Melly heads to Camp Rockaway, her parents drop a bombshell: They’re getting divorced.

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library | SLJ DVD Review

Gr 4-8 –A teacher discounted young African-Puerto Rican student Arturo Schomburg’s heritage, stating, “There were no Negro heroes worth noting.” Rather than discourage him, that comment spurred his lifelong quest for the facts.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland | SLJ Review

Gr 9 Up –Slavery comes to a halt when the dead on Civil War battlefields begin to rise and eat their compatriots.

Trash Revolution by Erica Fyvie | SLJ Review

Gr 3-6 –Using the contents of an average kid’s backpack as a starting point, the author explores the production, use, and eventual end of products involving water, paper, food, plastic, clothing, metals, and electronics.