Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy Kwanzaa: Titles of Interest


KWANZAA - December 26 to January 1

is a week-long celebration held in the United States and also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67.


Kwanzaa Principles:
    Umoja (Unity) - To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
    Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) - To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
    Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) - To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.
    Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) - To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
    Nia (Purpose) - To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
    Kuumba (Creativity) - To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
    Imani (Faith) - To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.


I wanted to share some of the Kwanzaa titles with you.

Kwanzaa by Dorothy Rhodes Freeman & Dianne M. MacMillan

Kwanzaa: A Family Affair by Mildred Pitts Walter

Crafts for Kwanzaa by Kathy Ross and Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm

Kwanzaa Crafts by Carol Gnojewski

Kwanzaa: A Guide to Celebrating the Holiday by Delores Johnson

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Pictures by Brian Pinkney

All New Crafts for Kwanzaa by Kathy Ross and Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm

Paper Crafts for Kwanzaa by Randel McGee

Santa's Kwanzaa by Garen Eileen Thomas and Illustrated by Guy Francis

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis and Illustrated by Daniel Minter

Kwanzaa: Africa Lives in a New World Festival by Sule Greg C. Wilson

Kwanzaa Fun: Great Things to Make and Do by Linda Robertson and Julia Pearson

Celebrating Kwanzaa by Julie Williams

Celebrate Kwanzaa with Candles, Community, and the Fruits of the Harvest by Carolyn Otto and Consultant, Keith A. Mayes, Ph.d

Kwanzaa by David F. Marx

Celebrating Kwanzaa by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith an Photographs by Lawrence Migdale

The Seven Days of Kwanzaa by Melrose Cooper and Illustrated by Jeremy Tugeau

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Kwanzaa Illustrated by Rex Perry

Kwanzaa by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate and Illustrated by Melodye Rosales

Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas - My List of Christmas Books


Christmas Books that I found Delightful




What would Christmas be without Christmas books that I found and loved at several Carnegie Libraries in Pittsburgh?

Here's the list:

Santa's Kwanzaa by Garen Eileen Thomas

Hold Christmas in Your Heart: African-American Songs, Poems, and Stories for the Holidays
Compiled by  Cheryl Willis Hudson

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Christmas is Coming, Marley by John Grogan

Twas the Night Before Christmas based on the original poem by Clement Clarke Moore and Illustrated by Rex Perry

Waiting for Christmas by Monica Greenfield and Illustratead by Jan Spivey Gilhrist

12 Days of Christmas by Rachel Isadora 

Hanukkah Lights: Holiday Poetry Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Pictures by Melanie Hall

What Am I? Christmas by Anne Margaret Lewis and Illustratead by Tom Mills

A Joyful Christmas: A Treasury of New and Classic Songs, Poems, and Stories for the Holiday Collected and Illustrated by James Ransome

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until the next time!

Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Nelson Mandela "Madiba" Children's Books

Nelson Mandela

July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013

Madiba passed away leaving behind a legacy unsurpassed by most people. As a tribute to the great leader, I am including the titles for several children's books that were written by and/or about the great man.

We will miss you Madiba.


Here is a link to some of the Nelson Mandela children's books:

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson

Mandela: The Rebel Who Led His Nation to Freedom (National Geographic World History Biographies)

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

Nelson Mandela: The Struggle Is My Life


Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book


Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Let us know if you have read any of these books...
Happy Reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Until the next time...
A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

Monster Mess!

Monster Mess
by Margery Cuyler and Illustrated by S. D. Schindler

Crash, crash!
Stomp, stomp!
A tired monster goes up the stairs.


a boy is sound asleep. And
ick, ick
his room is not so neat ---
not neat enough for a monster to take a nap!
whishtt, whishtt,
the monster starts to clean.

I giggled throughout the book. The poetry was quick to showcase how quickly the monster was cleaning the occupant's room while he snoozed in his bed. What a terrible mess for such a tired monster to have to clean...::))

I loved the variation in font colors and size! This made the book more engaging and exciting to read. Even though the monster appears to be creepy and larger than life, it still funny and won't scare the youngest of readers....

I absolutely loved this book. The colors were very vibrant, friendly, and engaging. The poetry, pictures, and colors were all very creatively done!

This book would make a great story time.

This book is a great way to introduce children to cleaning their rooms and to clean up behind themselves.

What a fun read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This book would make a fun addition to any home library for young children (adults will find it amusing also), and any school and public library.

Happy Reading!
Until the next time!
A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!