“I can really relate to the experiences these kids are facing and there wasn’t any literature they could connect to, that they could see themselves in,” Fatehali said. “This kind of book allows them to connect to the characters, connect to the life events, to the similar situations that take place.” Fatehali was a baby in the 1970s when her parents fled Uganda and the bloodthirsty tyranny of Idi Amin, who was targeting people of South Asian descent. An Ismaili Muslim who founded Thrive Kids! to help children discover their inner strengths, identities and sense of purpose, she spent two years writing the book — and almost as long trying to find a publisher that would accept a Muslim as the book’s main character. https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-author-launches-childrens-book-about-muslim-girl-forced-to-flee-to-west/
. . . when it comes to this Simone Lafray and the Chocolatiers’ Ball, I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the premise of the book. Consider Spy Kids (the movie) set in France with a petite little unnoticeable girl being the best kid spy. Read the whole review here.
This book is just so cute and is a great mix of genres. The book is a mystery children's book that takes place in France and is all about chocolate. I love it! The book is easy to read and I'd definitely advise this book to kids in my classroom, it's highly suitable for the younger ones. Everyone of age 10 and above could and should enjoy this book! I'm a little shocked that this book only has 4 ratings on Goodreads... Read the whole review here.
Aimed at readers aged eight and under for a solo or accompanied read, these delightful rhyming verses use rhythm and pacing to create their own beat as the story is read aloud. Comparisons and opposites match with the varied illustrations of dancing styles to show a variety of races, genders, body types and ability levels enjoying dance together. What results is a bright and vivacious book that educates and empowers on many levels, as well as providing a lively, upbeat read for its audience. https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/everybody-can-dance
"I loved Simone’s character and enjoyed her daily life in Paris, from strolls in the park to helping out in the patisserie, to working undercover in the art galleries. Her attention to detail, the way her eyes expertly sweep a room and mentally take everything in; calculating how many people, who is acting suspiciously and who is genuine, was matched only by the attention to detail in the author’s descriptions. There is a lot that makes Simone unusual and different, including her love of routine and precision, but these were the things I enjoyed most about her. As a children’s novel, her quirky perfection will I’m sure strike a chord with those kids who maybe don’t feel they fit in with the norm." Read the whole review here.
"Baxter the dog is full of surprises -- you never know what fun gadget he's going to pull out next! When his bird buddies, Marcus and Fiona, begin their annual journey to their Family Tree, Baxter must find a way to fly with his feathery friends! In "B for Baxter" by author and illustrator Ted Simonin, children ages 5-9 will follow Baxter, Marcus, and Fiona across the United States as they find new twists on old traditions and learn what it really means to be a family. While very highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "B for Baxter" is also available in a paperback edition." http://www.midwestbookreview.com/cbw/apr_19.htm#Picturebook