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Review of Maya’s Song

Maya’s Song by Renée Watson ; illus. by Bryan Collier Primary, Intermediate     Harper/HarperCollins    48 pp.       g9/22     978-0-06-287158-9     $19.99 In free-verse poems, Watson describes key experiences in Maya Angelou’s life. She highlights influential family members, such as Maya’s brother (a source of strength) and Momma (grandmother...

Review of Music Is a Rainbow

Music Is a Rainbow by Bryan Collier; illus. by the authorPrimary    Little, Brown    48 pp.    g6/22    978-0-316-53742-1    $18.99“Son, life is full of holes. / You may want to close them up to keep / out the storm / But make sure to leave room for that / rainbow to find...

We Shall Overcome

Music has always been at the core of the Black experience in America. The myriad songs of a stolen people intermingling and creating Negro spirituals, gospel, jazz, etc., gave voice to a people. Within the music, there is a singular longing for freedom, a hope for future generations, and a protest...

All Because You Matter

There are many ways one could enter this (singular, spectacular, heartstopping) book, but I can’t imagine starting anywhere other than with the face on the cover. Has a book jacket ever boasted an image so strong, so tender, or so radiant? A portrait of a young boy’s face is encompassed...

Review of All Because You Matter

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles; illus. by Bryan Collier Preschool, Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    40 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-338-57485-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-67474-3    $10.99 A richly illustrated affirmation for Black children — especially boys. An African American expectant mother and father eagerly await the arrival of their child, embracing him...

Review of By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music

By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Bryan Collier Primary    Atheneum    48 pp. 1/20    978-1-5344-2636-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2637-5    $10.99 Born to a free mother in 1851 Maryland, Charles Albert Tindley was technically considered free. However, the law didn’t protect...

Review of Thurgood

Thurgood by Jonah Winter; illus. by Bryan Collier Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp. 9/19    978-1-5247-6533-0    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-6534-7    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-6535-4    $.10.99 Thurgood Marshall (1908–1993) — who grew up to “change the law of the land” — was a skilled debater and orator from a young age....

“Where y’at, Shorty!”

At 5 o’clock on Saturday, I headed down to Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Boston’s waterfront to see Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown, the thirty-two-year-old’s star-studded new tour to celebrate the 300th anniversary of his hometown, New Orleans. While it was my first time seeing Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews in concert,...

Review of It's Shoe Time!

It’s Shoe Time! [Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!]by Bryan Collier; illus. by the author; with additional illustrations by Mo WillemsPrimary    Hyperion    64 pp.11/17    978-1-4847-2647-1    $9.99Witty wordplay, snappy dialogue, and rich watercolor and collage illustrations combine in Collier’s (Knock Knock, rev. 11/13; Trombone Shorty, rev. 5/15; et al.) first early reader....

Information books | Class #4, fall 2016

Our next class will be in two weeks, on November 9. We'll be talking about five information books: Actual Size by Steve Jenkins Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan...

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