Monday, January 15, 2018

I Am MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr.; Ordinary People Change the World Series by Brad Meltzer / Book Review

Great for fan of of the Ordinary People Change The World Series, and for young readers who want to know more about Martin Luther King Jr. This is such a great book to pick up and read. It's a great introduction for young readers to a person's legacy who continues to live on. This book is definitely worth picking up and reading. I've previously shared this review for this book here, but thought I'd share it again, since today is MLK Day. 


By: Brad Meltzer
Illustrated by: Christopher Eliopoulos
Published by: Dial Books for Young Readers #8
Released on: January 5th, 2016
SeriesOrdinary People Change the World 
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Rating: 5 Owlets - We Loved It!
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We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times Bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer.

Even as a child, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shocked by the terrible and unfair way African-American people were treated. When he grew up, he decided to do something about it—peacefully, with powerful words. He helped gather people together for nonviolent protests and marches, and he always spoke up about loving other human beings and doing what’s right. He spoke about the dream of a kinder future, and bravely led the way toward racial equality in America.

This lively, New York Times Bestselling biography series inspires kids to dream big, one great role model at a time. You’ll want to collect each book.

Heroes come in all different shapes and sizes. They live in various places, and have over come a variety of different challenges. If we look closely, we can see they live all around us. Modern day heroes do exist. Sometimes the best heroes are the ones that make up our own modern day history. 

"The time is always right to do right." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is a hero I've always admired. His lessons on love, standing up for something you believe in, doing good, forgiving, and being immovable in your faith and convictions, is something that has always inspired me. He is proof that when we stand together, we can accomplish great things. 

This book is a child sized history of Martin Luther King, Jr. It gives readers a look into the life of a young Martin Luther King, Jr, all the way through his adult years. Readers get to read about the experiences he had as a child growing up in a time of segregation, and how those experiences inspired him to want to make a change. Readers also learn about the events that shaped him into the man he became, and  the things he did to inspire change. He made a difference. He inspired change. His actions turned him into a modern day hero.

What I loved about how this book, is how it reads. Young Martin Luther King, Jr himself, is giving readers a brief history of his own life. The book reads as though he's telling the reader about his own life, and what inspired him. Written for children, and simply told, this is a book that's engaging, and very easy for readers to understand. It's one that will capture, and hold shortened attention spans, while teaching them a valuable history lesson.

Everyone can learn something from this amazing hero. I have done a lot of reading up on Martin Luther King, Jr. through the years, and I'm always inspired by this incredible leader, and modern day hero. I learned something from this book, and walked away feeling inspired to do better. To get up and keep going on, and to love those around me more. Something Martin Luther King, Jr, lived his entire life doing. 

I'm so happy to see that Martin Luther King, Jr.'s story has been added to this amazing book series. Ordinary People Change the World is a fantastic series for young readers. It provides them with a look into the lives and examples of extraordinary people who have helped shaped our history, and who still stand out as heroes today. 

This book is a must have for all classroom libraries, home libraries, and any school or public library! Check out my reviews for the other books in this series, here.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

WE ARE PARTY PEOPLE by Leslie Margolis / Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway #WeArePartyPeople

Welcome to the first stop in the WE ARE PARTY PEOPLE blog tour, hosted by Macmillan. Released this past October, We Are Party People by Leslie Margolis is a fun, quirky, clean cut read for readers 10-14 years old. There's humor, first crushes, over coming fear, and finding ones self in the mix of middle school and all the 'fun' and issues that come with middle school life, mixed with bravery and being proud of who you are. 


I am thrilled to kick off this week's blog tour, with a guest post from Leslie! Her post is one you'll definitely want to read if you love party planning. I got a few great pointers from her post. Check it out below. After you read her guest post, be sure to keep reading, as I've included information about her book, the tour schedule and there is a GIVEAWAY at the end of this post! 


WE ARE PARTY PEOPLE has been in the making for years and I am so thrilled that it is finally published.  I have been thinking about these characters and the premise for this novel for a long, long time. There is so much history.  There are so many threads woven through.

My own children are seven and nine, so parties occupy a big part of my life.  I spend a lot of time planning, attending, driving to and from, and standing around at parties.  It is exhausting. It is also fun and intriguing and thought-provoking and stressful.  There is so much conflict.  There are so many issues.   And there are always so many BIG FEELINGS surrounding kids parties.

Here are some examples, some dialogue overheard and some thoughts ripped from the headlines of my brain.  (Yes, sometimes my brain generates old-timey newspaper headlines.) 

Wait, they invited the whole class except for one kid?  That’s atrocious.  Was this an accident?  Do I say something?  Do I let it go?  How would I feel if it was my kid? Wait, now it is my kid? Ugh!

There is no gluten-free cake option?  Horrifying!  There is only gluten-free cake option?  Disgusting! 

Wait, there’s a bounce house?  And two kids collided?  And now they are both crying?  This is awful.  This also leads to the existential question… has ever a bounce house been inflated that didn’t result in tears? 

I also have my own party drama, harkening back to the sixth grade and stamped into the very fabric of my being.  Here it is:

When I was twelve, my mom’s friend, Darlene, opened up a party space at the mall.  She needed someone to entertain toddlers at their birthday parties.  I was perfect for the job because her costumes fit me.  Except I was not perfect for the job.  The costumes didnt fit my personality.  I was shy, with awkwardness flowing through my veins.  After the first Big Bird-themed party, as I took off the homemade felt and feathered suit, Darlene gave me a pep talk.  She asked me to bring more energy and fun to the role. I knew what she wanted, and I also doubted that I could deliver.  But I tried.  Next time I was Minnie Mouse, in a red and white polka dot dress and painted-on whiskers.  I practiced my high-pitched squeaky voice and did my very best, but I failed again.  I was too self-conscious.  Finally, I was a bunny.  This was my favorite character because bunnies don’t talk.  Also, the outfit was super soft and fluffy.  It was like a “slanket”, years before “slankets” were even invented.  Still, I failed to muster the proper enthusiasm.  I limped my way through a few more parties before Darlene told me it wasnt going to work out.  I turned in all three costumes, relieved. 

Three years ago, I took my kids to a Luau and found a mermaid in the swimming pool.  She was magical and magnetic, a natural performer.  The opposite of me.  I wondered about her inner life.  How she got this way.  A character named Pixie Jones took shape in my mind.  She is shy and awkward and she would never be a mermaid by choice.  But her parents run a party planning business and they needed her help.  So what is she going to do? 

And that is where WE ARE PARTY PEOPLE begins.


By: Leslie Margolis
Published by: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Released on: October 3, 2017
Ages: 10-14
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Pixie Jones is a shy wallflower whose parents are the best (and most out-there) party planners around. When Pixie's mom has to leave town to care for an ailing family member, and Pixie's new friend wants help coordinating a campaign for student body president, Pixie finds herself uncomfortably, terrifyingly close to the spotlight. Pixie is going to have to test her limits to help the people she loves-- and discovers along the way that stepping outside of her comfort zone might not be so scary after all.


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1/6: Book Briefs Interview with Leslie Margolis

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We're wishing you a wonderful 2018! Here's to discovering new books, falling in love with new stories, writing stories we want to read more of, and continuing to promote literacy. We hope 2018 finds you surrounded by books, friendship, hope and determination to chase after your dreams.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
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