Day: February 13, 2017

Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout by Patricia C. McKissack

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Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (9780375870880)

What a way to celebrate Black History Month! With plenty of games, songs, poems and stories, this volume happily combines them all into a delightful rhythm of rhymes, clapping and singing. While the book focuses on games and songs from an African-American background, children of various backgrounds will find new and familiar games on the pages. This mix of discovery and warm familiarity makes this a book that both invites exploration and gives everyone a place to stop and smile in recognition.

This book is almost an encyclopedia of games and songs. Page after page will have readers humming along, singing aloud and looking for a partner to play a newfound or best-loved game. The poetry section adds a real richness to the book, allowing it to slow from the fast pace of the games and songs. McKissack introduces each game, song or poem with a short paragraph about it. This creates a book that is far more than one game after another, adding historical information too.

Pinkney’s illustrations are pure movement on the page. They dance and swirl and tilt and play. Sweeps of color embrace the ink drawings, adding even more motion to the page. There’s a feeling of freedom in the illustrations, a playful wildness that is pure refreshment to the eye.

A book for every public library, this is a must-have. Appropriate for ages 6-9.

Reviewed from copy received from Random House Children’s Books.

10 Great Picture Books about Love

Valentines Day is tomorrow and so I thought it would be nice to focus on some picture books about  all kinds of love to add some warm fuzzies to your cold February.

A Family Is a Family Is a Family Hammer and Nails

A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng

Hammer and Nails by Josh Bledsoe, illustrated by Jessica Warrick

Heart to Heart Hector and Hummingbird

Heart to Heart by Lois Ehlert

Hector and Hummingbird by Nicholas John Frith

 Home at Last

Home at Last by Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka

Henry in Love by Peter McCarty

In Plain Sight My New Mom & Me

In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

My New Mom and Me by Renata Galindo

Ten Things I Love About You Worm Loves Worm

Ten Things I Love about You by Daniel Kirk

Worm Loves Worm by JJ Austrian, illustrated by Mike Curato