Monday, November 22, 2010

This Week's In My Mailbox

I'm really excited about the books we received this week for review!!

From Joan Holub:
* Goddess Girls, Artemis The Brave by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams, published by Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Kids, to be released on December 7th, 2010.
* Ground Hog Weather School by Joan Holub, Illustrated by Kirstin Sorra, published by Putnam Juvenile (Penguin), released on December 24th, 2009.

From Scholastic:
* Shoe-La-La by Karen Beaumont, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham, published by Scholastic, to be released on January 2011.
* Story County: Here We Come by Derek Anderson, published by Cartwheel Books, to be released on January 1st, 2011.
* Happy 100th Day by Susan Milord, Illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma, published by Scholastic, to be released on January 1st, 2011.
* Where's Walrus by Steven Savage, published by Scholastic, to be released on February 1st, 2011.

National Heritage Month & Books

For 2011 I want to make it a point to read and review books that celebrate that different heritage's that are celebrated here in America, on Mundie Kids. I think it's important for young readers to read about and be educated about the various cultures. This stems from a complete lack in hearing anything about November being Native American Month, when through out the year we hear so much about a few other heritages. To me, I think it's wrong to single out a few heritages through out the year and not the rest. The various heritages are what make our country so diverse. I'm most frustrated with a lack of acknowledgment for the Native American Month.

This stemmed from attending an elementary school Thanksgiving fest last friday we were we honored to have one of the boys in my son's class, come with his father and some of their family members, whom are also Native American dancers and dance. It was so amazing! Not only were the kids moved by it, but so were many of the parents. After the dance they talked about their costumes and their dance. It was truly one of the neatest things I've been able to experience. It was after we got and my son had a flyer on Native American dancers and culture, did I see written at the bottom that it's Native American month.

So, this next year I am making it a point to find books that we can read and review on here that will celebrate these heritage's:

  • February-Black History Month
  • March-Women's History Month
  • May-Asian Pacific Heritage Month/Jewish Heritage Month/Indian/Haitian Heritage Month
  • June-Caribbean Heritage Month
  • September 15-Oct. 15-Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October- Filipino Heritage Month
  • November-Native American Heritage Month

Each month during the specific heritage we will share our reviews. If you have any suggestions on some great books for us to read and review, please let us know!
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.
~ Anonymous ~