Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Monday, July 2, 2012

I, Too, Am America

America is made of many parts and each has made a unique contribution to the nation we are today.

I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Bryan Collier, is my pick for Independence Day.

Collier has taken Hughes's original poem and given it new life in the form of a picture book.  His rich and sophisticated images together with the timeless verse make a piece that can be enjoyed by all ages.  While the hardships and oppression faced by African-Americans is fully acknowledged, the real emphasis is on the lasting impression each group and individual has on America as a country, no matter how insignificant they may feel.  Because this ability to help our nation grow and prosper is found in all of us, the demand for equality is made even greater.  The illustrations support the message of uniting a people across the vast distances of the U.S. through their accomplishments.

I, Too, Am America is published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and retails for $16.99 (hardcover).  I read an advance readers copy supplied by the publisher (although this review was not solicited or otherwise compensated).  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey with a children's version at Teach Mentor Texts.

This week I finished Insignia by S.J. Kincaid (previously reviewed) in preparation for The Dark Days of Summer tour.  Then I moved on to Wings, the first book in the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike, followed by starting the second book in the series, Spells, both in preparation Dark Days as well.

I also had some picture books to read before putting in my order with Abraham Associates' publishers:
King Arthur's Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel
Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds
Me and Momma and Big John by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by William Low
Bear in Love by Daniel Pinkwater, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Bears in Beds by Shirley Parenteau, illustrated by David Walker
Big Mean Mike by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Scott Magoon
A President from Hawai'i by Dr. Terry Carolan and Joanna Carolan, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
The Elephant's Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India by Marcia Williams
Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein
Lovabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse, illustrated by Randy Cecil
Charley's First Night by Amy Hest, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Too Noisy by Malachy Doyle and Ed Vere
Christmas at the Toy Museum: A Fairytale by David Lucas
Oliver by Birgitta Sif
Zephyr Takes Flight by Steve Light
Otter and Odder: A Love Story by James Howe, illustrated by Chris Raschka
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! by Wynton Marsalis, illustrated by Paul Rogers
Happy Harry's Cafe by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Richard Holland
The Greatest Liar on Earth: A "True" Story by Mark Greenwood, illustrated by Frane Lessac
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare by Sam McBratney
The Moogees Move House by Leslie McGuirk
Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List
Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson
Guinea Pig Party by Holly Surplice
Just Right for Christmas by Birdie Black, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
Olive and the Big Secret by Tor Freeman
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse by Helen Ward
What Will You Be, Grandma? by Nanette Newman, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark
Create with Maisy: A Maisy First Arts and Crafts Book by Lucy Cousins
Fa La La by Leslie Patricelli
Baby Be Kind by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Who's in My Family?: All about Our Families by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Trucks by Debbie Powell
Dinosaur Dig! by Penny Dale
Huggy Kissy by Leslie Patricelli
A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse by Frank Viva
Icky Sticky Monster by Jo Lodge
Katy Cat and Beaky Boo by Lucy Cousins
Za-Za's Baby Brother by Lucy Cousins
Maisy's Band: A Maisy Pull-the-Tab and Pop-Up Book by Lucy Cousins

And some for Hachette:
The Monster's Monster by Patrick McDonnell
Ten Tiny Toes by Todd Tarpley, illustrated by Marc Brown
Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young
All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep by Crescent Dragonwagon, illustrated by David McPhail
The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
Look! Another Book! by Bob Staake
The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, illustrated by Christine Davenier
I Say, You Say Opposites! by Tad Carpenter
I Say, You Say Animal Sounds! by Tad Carpenter
I Love You, Honey Bunny by Sandra Magsamen
Good Night, My Love by Sandra Magsamen

Next week, I'll be finishing Spells and moving on to the third book in the series, Illusions.

What are you reading?