Sunday, March 28, 2010

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 booka t Color Online is a good week.

We received so many books that this week I'm blogging here and at Color Online about the wonderful donations we received. Check these out:

Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden. First on the list is for us big girls. If you don't know Bernice's work, check out Jill's review of Sugar at Rhapsody in Books.
The story progresses from Georgia to railroad tracks to Harlem and high-class apartments in New York. Through waves of powerful emotions, innocent errors and devastating betrayals, it all ends back where it began, in the small town of Waycross, Georgia. Years have passed and it’s now 1961. The world is changing, but hasn’t changed enough. And the reader learns where Easter’s wonderful mind and words have led her. It could be tragic, but instead it’s powerfully hopeful, beautiful and moving. And the quote from Zora Neale Hurston on the final page—“God balances the sheet in time”—rings gloriously true in the reader’s mind. Read Sheila's full review at Books Gather.

Most Loved in All The World by Tonya C. Hegamin. I recently read and loved, M+O 4EVR. Looking forward to this and A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renee Watson and illustrated by Shadra Strickland. Shadra illustrated Bird by Zetta Elliott.

She Loved Baseball by Audrey Varnick, illustrated by Don Tate. Don is a quiet guy. Talented but he doesn't like the spotlight. Well today he's in it because it's because of him I had to write two NC posts to cover all the books we received this week. Thanks Don. Doret has a pretty comprehensive lineup on baseball. Do check it out.

Closing out with My Friend Maya Loves to Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson, ilustrated by Eric Velasquez. Let's talk about longevity. Ms Hudson has enjoyed an impressive career. If you don't know her work, you should. Check out Maya. Personally, I have to order a hard copy of Bright Eyes, Brown Skin for my daughter's 25th birthday. She hasn't forgiven me for donating her first childhood copy. :-)

What did you get this week in the mail, at the book store or from the library? Drop us a link and your name will be entered in a random monthly drawing to win a book from our Prize Bucket.


Aths said...

I'm looking forward to reading Glorious! I loved Bernice's Sugar!

Doret said...

I loved She Loved Baseball and Most Loved in All the World.

Looking forward to reading your review of M+O 4evr.

Debbie Reese said...

Just got and read Choctaw authorTim Tingle's new picture book, SALTYPIE. Terrific!

Color Online said...

Hi Debbie,

I'm going to look for it. Did you review it? I'll link to it.