Michelle H. Martin

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Review of Uncle John’s City Garden

Uncle John’s City Garden by Bernette G. Ford; illus. by Frank MorrisonPrimary    Holiday    32 pp.    g5/22    978-0-8234-4786-2    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5308-5    $11.99Family + gardening = a great summer feast. Li’l Sissy, the youngest of three African American siblings, tells how she and her siblings help their uncle John cultivate a garden...
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Review of My Hands Tell a Story

My Hands Tell a Story by Kelly Starling Lyons; illus. by Tonya EngelPrimary    Reycraft    32 pp.    g5/22    978-1-4788-7061-6    $17.95Zoe loves baking cinnamon-swirl bread with her grandmother. As Grandma kneads the dough with a “push and pull,” she recalls how her own mother taught her to make bread. When Zoe tries...
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Review of Kick Push: Be Your Epic Self

Kick Push: Be Your Epic Self by Frank Morrison; illus. by the authorPrimary    Bloomsbury    40 pp.    g4/22    978-1-5476-0592-7    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-5476-0593-4    $13.29How can a budding skateboard pro navigate being in a new place and leaving his posse behind? Ivan, a brown-skinned, big-afro-wearing skateboarder, has “moves so big, his friends call...

Review of Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler

Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Zoboi Intermediate, Middle School    Dutton    128 pp.    g 1/22    978-0-399-18738-4    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-18739-1    $9.99 A biography that’s as unique in form and content as the groundbreaking sci-fi/fantasy author herself. Zoboi (The People Remember, rev. 11/21) came to this...

Review of We Wait for the Sun

We Wait for the Sun by Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Katie McCabe; illus. by Raissa Figueroa Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-250-22902-1    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-82195-9    $10.99 Dovey Johnson Roundtree (1914–2018) would grow up to be a civil rights warrior; this picture-book biography focuses on a pivotal moment...

Dream Street

Dream Street, the locale for this breathtaking book of the same name, serves as a garden for growing a thriving community, rich relationships, and strong children who know who they are and what kind of difference they want to make in the world. The picture book opens with a warm welcome...

Review of Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History

Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History by Schele Williams; illus. by Tonya Engel Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    48 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-4197-4875-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64700-072-1    $15.54 A message from the African ancestors to today’s African American children. Narrated in the second person, this picture book tells African...

Review of Dream Street

Dream Street by Tricia Elam Walker; illus. by Ekua Holmes Primary, Intermediate, Middle School   Schwartz/Random    32 pp.    g 11/21    978-0-525-58110-9    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-58111-6    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-58112-3    $10.99 Dream Street: a microcosm of the African Diaspora where relationships matter and dreams thrive. It’s “the best street in the world,”...

Review of The Whole Hole Story

The Whole Hole Story  by Vivian McInerny; illus. by Ken Lamug  Primary    Versify/Houghton    40 pp.    g  1/21    978-0-358-12881-6    $17.99  e-book ed.  978-0-358-12948-6    $12.99  Zia, a brown-skinned girl with a huge afro puff and an expansive imagination, discovers a hole in her pocket. Then the hole moves to the ground and enlarges,...
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