Sunday, October 3, 2010

New Crayons :)

New Crayons is a meme created by Color Online founder, susan. In this meme, anyone can participate, all you have to do is share what new multicultural books you got for the week. Leave a link to your New Crayons post in the comments.

And in case, you missed any posts last week from Color Online, here they are...

9/27 Monday-2010 YA/MG African American releases

9/28 Tuesday-A TED video of author Eli Shafak. It's a thought-provoking speech.

9/29 Wednesday-Women Writers of Color Interview with Renee Watson

9/30 Thursday-Color Me Brown links. There were lots of awesome posts this week!

10/1 Friday-Nada

10/2 Saturday-Review. Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans

This week Doret got

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, ZaritÉ -- known as TÉtÉ -- is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, TÉtÉ finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, it’s with powdered wigs in his baggage and dreams of financial success in his mind. But running his father’s plantation, Saint Lazare, is neither glamorous nor easy. It will be eight years before he brings home a bride -- but marriage, too, proves more difficult than he imagined. And Valmorain remains dependent on the services of his teenaged slave.

Spanning four decades, Island Beneath the Sea is the moving story of the intertwined lives of TÉtÉ and Valmorain, and of one woman’s determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruelest of circumstances.

This week Nathalie got...

One Million Men and Me by Kelly Starling Lyons

On October 16, 1995, Black men of all ages, religions and backgrounds gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. They were there on a mission - to mobilize and motivate, as part of what would become the largest event of its kind in U.S. history: the Million Man March. The Million Man March was a movement like no other. It brought together Black men who were committed to inspiring and empowering themselves and each other to make positive and lasting changes in their families and communities. The March was widely covered by news media across the country and the world. Now, this new picture book shares the story of the March in a new light: through the eyes of a little girl who was with her father the day Black men made history.

I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
No matter how gently Mama pulls as she combs Keyana's hair, it still hurts. Keyana doesn't feel lucky to have such a head of hair, but Mama tells her she is because she can wear it any way she chooses.

This week Ari got...

Born Confused
by Tanuja Desai Hidier

Dimple Lala doesn't know what to think. Her parents are from India, and she's spent her whole life resisting their traditions. Then suddenly she gets to high school and everything Indian is trendy. To make matters worse, her parents arrange for her to meet a "suitable boy." Of course it doesn't go well -- until Dimple goes to a club and finds him spinning a magical web . Suddenly the suitable boy is suitable because of his sheer unsuitability. Complications ensue. This is a funny, thoughtful story about finding your heart, finding your culture, and finding your place in America.

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So what new books did you get this week?


April (BooksandWine) said...


Sorry to type all in caps, but typing normal just does not show my joy for Born Confused.

I got one new crayon for review this week: Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves. At least, I think it's a new crayon, but watch me be wrong, ha ha.

Em said...

This week I got Every Time a Rainbow Dies by Rita Williams-Garcia. I have also been reading Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah.

Doret said...

April the need to use caps, means serious book love. You've convinced me. Adding Born Confused to my list.

Em- I really enjoyed Everytime a Rainbow Dies and Does My Head Look Big In This

MissA said...

@April-haha like Doret the fact that you used caps speaks volumes. I totally bought it because while it was on my reading list, I specifically rembered you mentioning that you really loved this book.

Ooo my copy of SoC should hopefully be on its way! I'm so jealous of you :)

@Em-Both of those books are completely made of pure awesome. Does My Head Look Big in This? made me laugh so hard. and Everytime A Rainbow dies is quite good. Possibly my second favorite book by Rita Williams Garcia