The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland #2) by Catherynne M. Valente with illustrations by Ana Juan

“Hearts set about finding other hearts the moment they are born, and between them, they weave nets so frightfully strong and tight that you end up bound forever in hopeless knots, even to the shadow of a beast you knew and loved long ago.”

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland, #2)

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland #2) by Catherynne M. Valente with illustrations by Ana Juan


12 Best Children’s Books That Will Teach Kids About Feminism

Diverse Book Recommendations for Children


I am pleased and grateful to have the opportunity to promote We’re The People – a blog devoted to diversity in children’s and young adult reading material and Full Circle Literary – “a literary agency, representing children’s books from toddler to teen, and more!” Both We’re The People and Full Circle Literary are stupendous finds that I proudly recommend to you.

We’re The People is an amazing blog that I randomly happened upon and have returned to several times to find new recommendations for books to purchase and read to my 2-1/2 year-old niece. I am at a loss for words to properly describe all the feels that came over me when I first encountered We’re The People – sheer joy, yes, but also an ache in my heart that actually hurt and brought tears to my eyes. With today’s plethora of blogs concentrating on book reviews and recommendations, the lack of diversity in the books that children are exposed to and offered in bookstores, libraries and their schools is a glaringly obvious truth. I am astonished that book publishers and my fellow #wordnerds do not more frequently, loudly, and publicly acknowledge and/or address this issue.  We are failing all of our children and must work to do better.

The world we live in it anything but white or colorless – it is a smorgasbord of colors, in every imaginable hue, spanning the entire intensity and saturation gamut visible to the human eye. It is in the diversity of humans that our greatest strength and beauty lies. And yet, we provide no such written word color-wheel to our children. Not only does this greatly and negatively affect the self-image of millions of non-white children who do not see themselves as possible characters in the stories, it also reduces the ability of white children to envision the non-white children in such stories. Neither set of children grow up appreciating the beauty and wonder of the other, and, in fact, seeds of discomfort, fear, and uncertainty of the “other” are deeply planted into their hearts and minds.

I still live close to the uniquely diverse neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I was born and raised.  I was a Catholic, white girl from a middle-class, single father home who spent the greater part of my first 10 years in and around the home of my babysitter, a Baptist, African-American grandmother.  On any given day, Ms. Bessie nurtured, disciplined and loved a group of kids of both races and religions.  She, and by default, we, never shied away from noting our differences – they were acknowledged, praised and accepted as just one of the many parts that made each of us who we were.  All of us were given a true gift and we grew up not only tolerating, but sincerely loving, the “other.” Most of us remain close in our adult lives and our children know and care about one another as well.  We were raised together and saw our futures together.

2016 Summer Reading List — We’re The People

Please note that most of the book covers and illustrations found herein were taken from the Full Circle Literary blog.  

Unseen Beatrix Potter illustration to go on display for first time at V&A

Reprinted from the by Maev Kennedy

new beatrix potter.jpgPeter Rabbit drawing for story of Kitty-in-Boots will be on display to celebrate 150th anniversary of birth of children’s author Beatrix Potter.

The watercolour is unfamiliar, but the central figure is known to millions: a rabbit in a blue coat ferociously setting about a pair of villainous ferrets with his umbrella.

The newly discovered picture by Beatrix Potter, for a story of Kitty-in-Boots – the black cat skulking behind the tree – that she never completed, will go on display at the Victoria and Albert museum from 2 May, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of Britain’s best-loved children’s authors.

The uncompleted watercolour, which is owned by a private collector and will be seen for the first time on loan to the exhibition, was identified by curator Emma Laws as a study for a project known only from draft manuscripts of the text, one finished drawing and two rough sketches.

The V&A has the largest collection of Potter material in the world, and an exhibition this summer, Beatrix Potter’s London, will bring together images, letters, sketches and her earliest published works. Although Potter is most associated with the Lake District, where she became a renowned farmer when her little books made her an independently wealthy woman, she was brought up a stone’s throw from the South Kensington museums.

She spent hours studying and drawing in the V&A and the Natural History museum collections – including minutely detailed drawings of garments in the costume gallery, which bore fruit in stories like The Tailor of Gloucester.

  • The unpublished drawing of Kitty-in-Boots will be on display from 2 to 31 May, free, in Gallery 102 at the V&A. Beatrix Potter’s London will be on display from July 2016 to April 2017.

Kids Dive Deep in The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob, A Children’s Book Series That Inspires Success

April 19, 2016
New York, New York (view release on PRWEB)

What if children’s books could help teach our kids fundamental principles for life-long success?  This is the question that author, attorney, business owner and father, Brooks Olbrys asked over six years ago when he began writing The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob books for children.  Inspired by his young son and encouraged by author and speaker Bob Proctor, Olbrys created a series of colorful, rhyming books that introduces children to timeless achievement principles wrapped in an oceanic “hero’s journey.”  Olbrys distilled the lessons in the books from the teachings of experts on personal achievement including Bob Proctor, Earl Nightingale, Napoleon Hill, and Wallace Wattles.


The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob-Into The Lead (book #3 in trilogy)

In the latest book in the series, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob – Into the Lead, Blue Ocean Bob progresses from a job as an assistant marine biologist into a new leadership role on the island and learns valuable lessons about courage, creativity, decision-making, action and leadership.  After an earthquake hits, Bob faces a series of new challenges on his quest to protect the surrounding sea and its creatures and turns to Doc the turtle, Wallace the walrus and Earl the clam, for sage advice and guidance.  But when his mentor, Mary Marine, is called away to a distant island, Bob puts his fears aside and steps into Mary’s shoes. 

Distinguishing the series, Olbrys says, “Blue Ocean Bob books substitute worldly and aquatic challenges for evil forces or characters.  Instead of facing villains or fighting battles, Bob must overcome his own fears, and the doubts of his hummingbird companion Xena, each time he confronts a new challenge.”

Fun and impactful, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob – Into the Lead and the entire series offer:
∗   Access to fundamental achievement principles for children ages 6 to 10
∗   Engaging rhyme and colorful illustrations for the whole family to enjoy
∗   Stories that foster an appreciation for the ocean and marine life
∗   Power through a positive mindset, creative thinking and good decision-making
∗   And much more!

The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob – A Journey Begins was the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner for Juvenile Fiction and a 2013 Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year INDIEFAB Finalist.  The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob – A Challenging Job is a 2015 Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year INDIEFAB Finalist and a 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist for Best Overall Design – Fiction.

Source: The Series – Blue Ocean Bob Books