Monday, October 5, 2009

New Crayons: What's New On Our Shelves

Remember when you were a kid and getting new crayons was a big deal? Getting new books holds the same kind of magic for some of us big kids. Every week on Sunday, I post what's new in our box. I think crayons is a pretty cool metaphor for multicultural lit. Every week we receive a book is a good week.

Here's what's new on our shelves:
33 things every girl should know about women's history edited by Tonya Bolden. I've read the first title in this series and loved it. When I saw this listed at Paperback Swap. I wanted it.

[T]his rabble-rousing collection of essays, poems, drama, photos, illustrations, and stories reveals, the many "firsts" in history (or "herstory") are entirely relevant to the lives of girls and women today. Gathered by Tonya Bolden, editor of 33 Things Every Girl Should Know and Hands On! 33 More Things Every Girl Should Know, the exuberant voices in this volume encourage young women to empower themselves with knowledge ("it's the ultimate girl power").

The Art Of Reading: Forty Illustrators Celebrate RIF's 40th Anniversary. Won this during RIF's anniversary giveaways. Thanks, Carol.

[E]ach illustrator reveals the book they remember as having been a classic book from their childhood. They have illustrated one scene from that book, written a brief essay about their relationship to the book, and the book cover from that era is featured along with a photo of the illustrator. A grand reference work that's fun to read and delightful to look at. See full review at
Winding Oak.

As Good As Anybody:Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom by Richard Michelson, illustrator Raul Colon. Another gift from Carol. a beautiful tribute to the determination and passion of these two men and how they joined forces with the same message of equality for the American people—despite having different upbringings. See full review at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

What did you get at the library, the bookstore or in your mailbox?


J.T. Oldfield said...

The first one, 33 things every girl should know about women's history, sounds really good. What reading level is it?

susan said...

J.T. I'd say early teens. When I bought the first one, a lot of girls in their teens enjoyed the poetry I posted in the library and our shelter residents enjoyed the work, too, and they range from 16-20.