Welcome to “I’m looking for a book about….”, the topic-themed monthly carnival of children’s literature.
Every month I encourage anyone who likes to review books for children (of any age) to leave links to their reviews of books that match the given month’s theme. The idea is that over time, this carnival will become a resource for parents, teachers, carers, librarians looking for books by subject.
Old reviews, new reviews, and reviews for any age are welcome. You may also submit multiple reviews, as long as they are all relevant to this month’s theme.
This month’s theme is…
I’m hoping that this month’s theme is very timely; Nelson Mandela, the best known leader against apartheid, has been in the news a lot recently, and next month sees the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “I have a dream” speech. It would be wonderful if today’s round-up produced a list of recommendations which teachers and librarians, as well as parents and carers, could use to start conversations about human rights, and why even in the 21st century, there’s still a lot to be done.
The first contribution to this month’s round up comes from Margo at The Fourth Musketeer, with a review of Nelson Madela by Kadir Nelson. “The outlines of Mandela’s life are all here–Mandela protesting with his fist raised in the air, Mandela tried and imprisoned, his people fighting for his release over the long years of jail, his triumphant return and election to president. But as usual with Kadir Nelson’s work, it is the illustrations which overwhelm us with their quiet power. Highly recommended for adults as well as children.“
Next up is Lindsey McDivitt on her blog A is for Aging, B is for books with a review of Grandmama’s Pride by Becky Birtha. “The search for a true “positive aging” picture book is much like picking through a lovely box of chocolates—so many appeal at first, but then disappoint upon further “investigation.” But with Grandmama’s Pride, by Becky Birtha, there is no such thing as disappointment. It’s the powerful story of an African-American grandmother who stood her ground, in her own quiet way, against segregation in the 1950’s southern U.S.“
Over on Saffron Tree we have a review of We are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures. “The book is a collage of sorts, with 30 internationally acclaimed artists known for their illustrations in children’s books and picture books contributing.“
I Have the Right to Be a Child by Alain Serres (text) & Aurélia Fronti (illustrations) is reviewed by Library Mice. “I Have the Right to Be a Child is a wonderful thought-provoking book which deserves to be read and discussed, both at home and in the classroom.“
Randomly Reading shares a review of I Have a Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Kadir Nelson. “This is a inspirational book for kids, kids who were born long after Dr. King’s death and for whom he may only be a figure in history and a day off from school.”
A Journey of Dreams by Marge Pellegrino is the focus on Barbara Ann Mojica’s blog. Barbara says, this is a “powerful story about a family torn by strife in Guatemala during which basic human rights were ignored and their perilous journey to freedom.“
Over at Wrapped in Foil there is an interview with the author of As Fast As Words Could Fly, by Pamela M. Tuck and illustrated by Eric Velasquez. “Educators will definitely pull out As Fast As Words Could Fly for Black History Month and units on the Civil Rights movement, but this book really should be allowed to stand on its own merit as a fabulous story.“
Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier is the focus of today’s contribution from Stacking Books. “The book is written in a poetic style with illustrations which have a rich photo like quality.“