Back to School Book Giveaway

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 in Books, Contest | 7 Comments

It’s that time of year again! Kids are heading off to school and parents are celebrating the end of summer vacation. It is also time for me to clean and organize a bit before settling into my fall and winter work routine. I have been accumulating books all year and it’s time to share some of those with you! So, today I am giving away four books to help your young reader get into the school year.

The Granddaughter Necklace by Sharon Dennis Wyeth and Bagram Ibatoulline, an uplifting tale of love, kinship, and gifts, passed down through generations.

There are moments in each person’s life that we take great care to remember: the pride of a young girl standing up for herself for the first time; the heartbreak of leaving one’s country and family for a new beginning; the thrill of getting ready for the piano recital of a lifetime.

In Sharon Dennis Wyeth’s family these moments were marked with the passing on of the Granddaughter Necklace: not a fancy piece of jewelry, but a precious one, worn smooth by the touch of mothers and grandmothers, each with her own story to tell.

With a historical sweep that reaches back to Ireland and to Africa, and an intimacy that resides in every family’s treasured stories, Wyeth tells the tale of one family’s journey from the old world to the new, from the past to the present, and from mother to daughter.

Here’s a book that we feel will be passed on from generation to generation too, read in laps and in groups, opening conversations about our own necklaces of memory.

 

My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., written by Martin Luther King, III, illustrated by AG Ford

What was it like growing up as a son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? This picture book memoir, My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III, provides insight into one of history’s most fascinating families and into a special bond between father and son.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King III was one of those four little children mentioned in Martin Luther King’s groundbreaking “I Have a Dream” speech. In this memoir, Martin Luther King Jr.’s son gives an intimate look at the man and the father behind the civil rights leader. Mr. King’s remembrances show both his warm, loving family and a momentous time in American history.

 

You Never Heard of Willie Mays, written by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Terry Windener

Many believe baseball great Willie Mays to be the best player that ever lived. He hit 660 home runs (fourth best of all time), had a lifetime batting average of .302, and is second only to Babe Ruth on The Sporting News‘s list of “Baseball’s 100 Greatest Players.”

In Jonah Winter and Terry Widener’s fascinating picture book biography, young readers can follow Mays’s unparalleled career from growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, to playing awe-inspiring ball in the Negro Leagues and then the Majors, where he was center fielder for the New York (later San Francisco) Giants. Complete with sidebars filled with stats, here is a book for all baseball lovers, young and old.

“The Say Hey Kid had style to spare, and so does this irrepressible book.” —Booklist, Starred

 

and A Place Where Hurricanes Happen, written by Renée Watson, illustrated by Shadra Strickland (that’s me)

New Orleans is known as a place where hurricanes happen . . . but that’s just one side of the story.

Children of New Orleans tell about their experiences of Hurricane Katrina through poignant and straightforward free verse in this fictional account of the storm. As natural and man-made disasters become commonplace, we increasingly need books like this one to help children contextualize and discuss difficult and often tragic events.

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7 Comments

  1. Florence Turnour
    August 11, 2015

    Great list, Shadra! Even if I don’t win your give-away, I’ll put these on my list for my kid’s school library gift this year.

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  2. Joy West
    August 11, 2015

    This would be a good book for my daughter to read.

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  3. Chantee
    August 11, 2015

    I love stocking my shelves with books for my kiddo to discover – especially if I feel they’re particularly good or will present to her a different life perspective outside of our own.

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  4. Chiffon
    August 11, 2015

    Excellent! I love reading and want my kids to experience the magic of reading. Reading jump starts creativity, imagination and independence!

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  5. Erika R
    August 11, 2015

    I think sharing in particular is important, as it can lead to a deeper connection with others and with the books.

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  6. Tamisha F. Mitchell
    August 13, 2015

    I think this give away is awesome. My son is only 2 but he’s reading already. I’d love to help him with these wonderful books.

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  7. Jocelyn P. Bowman Geter
    August 14, 2015

    I am a mother, aunt, grandmother and educator. From the time I carried my children in my womb, I read to them, taught them the foundations of reading as soon as I could so that they would be able to read for themselves. I read to my school students everyday to build an appreciation of the written and spoken language but also to expose them to more than what they can see on tv or out of their front doors.

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