Middle Grade

Day 22 of 29 Celebrating Black Children’s Books – African American Legends for Little Learners by Marlena Nkene

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MarlenaNkeneMarlena Nkene, series creator of the African American Legends for Little Learners©  is the lead illustrator and designer of the interactive apps and books. Her passion for all things history, particularly history of the diaspora, and early education led her to seek compelling methods of integrating both in ways that would be visually stimulating and interesting to young children.

As a mother of 3 young children under the age of 8 years old, she has had plenty of opportunities to test theories, formulate strategies and get first hand suggestions and feedback on them.  Her previous work includes, The Beautiful Daughters of Africa© Series cooloring fun activity books, Team Princess story books and apparel line. (still in development) and owner at Heritage Arts Illustrated the company under which she  brands her products.


LegendsforLittleLearnersAfrican American Legends for Little Learners
by Marlena  Nkene

Paperback: 12 pages
Available on Amazon 
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African American Legends for Little Learners© was created as an introductory series that teaches black history education to our youngest learners. Illustrations are bright, colorful and fun to keep children engaged while they interact with this book. Parents, we encourage you to read with your child, or assist them with any complex words if they are already independent readers. Our goal is to help children become familiarized with historical imagery and associate positive learning experiences with them. With our series, your child will develop a solid foundation of knowledge they can explore and build upon for years to come!

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Day 15 of 29 Celebrating Black Children’s Books – Terrell and Keke’s Adventures Through Time “Traveling the Underground Railroad” by Kesha Rushing

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Kesha Rushing is a writer, wife, mother, Certified Health Coach and Family Nurse Practitioner based in Nashville, TN. She and her husband, Elliott, are parents to a daughter and son who, like Keke and Terrell, love to travel and learn history. If Mrs. Rushing could travel anywhere in time, she would journey to ancient Egypt to meet Queen Nefertiti.


 
 

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Terrell and Keke’s Adventures Through Time
“Traveling the Underground Railroad”
by Kesha Rushing

Paperback: 134 pages
Available on Amazon or TerrellAndKekesAdventures.com
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Eleven-year-old Terrell and his 8 year-old sister, Keke, are time-travelers. Only they don’t know it yet. All they know is that they must leave their friends in Chicago to spend the summer with their grandparents in small-town Tennessee.  This may be Terrell’s most boring summer ever. Or, will it? The woods behind his grandparents’ house are deep, dark and forbidden – the perfect place for a whirlwind adventure through time!

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Day 2 of 28 Days of Children Books By African American Children Book Authors: The Girlz of Galstanberry Series by Garen S. Wolff

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The Girlz of Galstanberry Series

Galstanberry2-mdGalstanberry #2: The Girlz of Galstanberry Series
by Garen S. Wolff

Paperback: 132 pages
Available at Amazon

Welcome to Galstanberry Girls Academy, an exclusive boarding school in Connecticut, where history, tradition and pearls intertwine. On the eve of Galstanberry’s legendary pearling ceremony, sixth graders are pulled from their beds to be tested.

 

 

Galstanberry 3Galstanberry #3: The Girlz of Galstanberry Series
by Garen S. Wolff

Paperback: 148 pages
Available at Amazon

In the third book of the Galstanberry series, the famous Galstanberry Election season has begun. Although each seat on Student Council is open, the position of 6th grade Class President has captivated everyone’s attention. Within a few weeks, two teams have emerged; Team Tabitha and Team Brandi. Now, each Galstanberry must decide whose team she’s on.

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Kristi’s Book Nook Review of Galstanberry #3: The Girlz of Galstanberry Series

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Galstanberry #3:
The Girlz of Galstanberry Series

Author: Garen S. Wolff
Illustrator: Little Tree Designs/Thornpallette
Publisher: Wolff House Books and Publishing
ISBN: 9780615668406

Available on Amazon

Review:

Galstanberry Academy is a pretty average school considering its prestige. The girls that attend have the same worries and concerns as any other school. They worry about their hair, nails, shoes and clothes. Making friends isn’t easy either. At Galstanberry, which friends you make can be the difference between winning or losing a class president election. At least this is the case for Team Tabitha and Team Brandi.

Tabitha and Brandi are roommates and competitors for the class presidency. Tabitha is well traveled, but Brandi is just the opposite. Tabitha finds Brandi to be very interesting. On the other hand, Brandi doesn’t hesitate to challenge Tabitha’s views and ideas. Both girls stubbornness create an environment that prohibits friendship from being an option. In order to bring awareness, in regards to the upcoming election, each team is preparing for an event for votes. Team Brandi has decided on a poetry slam to gather potential voters. Team Tabitha is planning to wear t-shirts advertising and honoring a vote for Tabitha theme, and of course there will be an order form for anyone who wants to buy a shirt in support of Tabitha. And so, the battle begins.

Wolff walks readers through the pains of being in school and the sixth grade. It’s not just about an education but finding out who you are and where you fit in. Young readers will recognize the mean girls, the book worms and the cliques that form in any social environment. Most of all, Wolff takes readers on a journey on how to stand up and be the person you can be. Wolff has also provided a fun read for young girls who are into all the girlie stuff, like fashion, accessories and hairdos.

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Kristi’s Book Nook Review of Taneesha Never Disparaging

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Taneesha Never Disparaging
Author: M. LaVora Perry


Paperback or hardback: 202 pages
Publisher: Wisdom Publications and Release date 2008
ISBN-10: 0-86171-550-0
ISBN-13: N/A
Age: 8 – 12

Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Nobles or Borders


Review:
Taneesha Never Disparaging is a wonderful journey through the life of a teenager. Finding her way in regards to school, friendships, bullies and religion would be tough for anyone. Taneesha faces her fears and the reader will cheer her on all the way.

Taneesha Bay Ross is back to school after a long summer break. She is back to dealing with class bullies, homework assignments and worst of all school elections. And on top of all that everyone in the schools knows she is a Buddhist.

Her friend Carli has nominated her for class president. Taneesha, desperate in her attempt to stop Carli, chants but it doesn’t seem to work. As a result, Taneesha is trying to figure out a way to withdrawal her name from the nomination. She wants to tell her friend Carli to take her out of the running, but she is finding that is easier said than done. Along the way Taneesha shares with Carli her Buddhist religion and teaches her chanting.

Taneesha walks us through her role as a Buddhist by showing the meaning of “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” which translates to “I devote my life to the wonderful Law of the Lotus Flower Teaching of the Buddha.” Taneesha turns to buddhism and chanting when she is feeling stressed. She and Carli are feeling the pressure of the school bully and everything seems to be escalating. As Taneesha faces her fears she finds that things are not always as bad as they seem.

 

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The Butterfly

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The Butterfly
by Jethro Francois
Illustrations by Wilfils Soirelus and Marco P. Paul

ISBN: 978-1770670075
Pages: 48
Ages: 9 – 12
Format: Paperback
Publisher: FriesenPress

Valdee is a handsome, intelligent and polite young boy who is full of life. He enjoys very much being around people, and likewise, they like his company. He also enjoys going to school with his friends and playing sports with them. No one could have predicted that his life would take turn for the worse when he suddenly became very ill. As he suffered and could no longer relate to his friends; life then became very challenging for him. Valdee felt that he was coming to the end of the road when his life became similar to that of a caterpillar. However, one day he met the Shepherd, who extended His loving care. He was completely restored to enjoy an even more abundant life than he had ever experienced before. This is a story of hope!

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Mymcbooks's Blog Review & Giveaway of The Butterfly by Jethro Francois

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Mymcbooks’s Blog Review & Giveaway of The Butterfly by Jethro Francois with Illustrations by Wilfils Soirelus and Marco P. Paul

Valdee is a handsome, intelligent and polite young boy who is full of life. He enjoys very much being around people, and likewise, they like his company. He also enjoys going to school with his friends and playing sports with them. No one could have predicted that his life would take turn for the worse when he suddenly became very ill. As he suffered and could no longer relate to his friends; life then became very challenging for him. Valdee felt that he was coming to the end of the road when his life became similar to that of a caterpillar. However, one day he met the Shepherd, who extended His loving care. He was completely restored to enjoy an even more abundant life than he had ever experienced before. This is a story of hope!

Review: Valdee is a polite young boy whose charmed life changes when he is afflicted with an illness that causes his grades to drop and his personality to change drastically. This book goes on to teach children that no matter their circumstances to never give up on their dreams. It also gives a message of hope to young boys and girls to reach their goal in life. Let no one tell you that there is no hope for you. It was great to read later in the book that Valdee got his confidence back when he met the Shepherd.

I love an illustration that brings the characters and book to life and that’s what Wilfils Soirelus and Marco P. Paul did.

Ages: 9-12
Pages: 48

FTC Disclosure: Mymcbooks’s Blog Review received a review copy of this book from the author  in exchange for a fair and honest review. Mymcbooks’s Blog Review was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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