“Shades of People from Holiday House gets ALSC Notable Children’s Books mention.

Every child should own this book.”

Kirsten Cappy at Curious City.

To learn more about the book from Holiday House you can click here

or from my review published last year go here.

This is one of the books that I purchased for my the boys’ daycare. They read it there all the time. It has grab you by the shoulders and look at me pictures in it that look just like our family-a white mom hugging on her black kid. It was the very first time our family was not depicted with the; “Now I’m going to  tell you a special story about something unusual but OK...” whispered underneath kind of message.

Instead we are just in there. And so is the biracial family over here, and the family brought together by adoption right here, and oh look we are all kids who are kids period. They got it. I hope you get it too.

And speaking of reading something fabulous-as part of a YA Reading Challenge (I am going to focus on People of Color Author/Subject) I am half way through Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman.  Setting: India, 1941. Family life, prejudice, historical fiction, insightful, strong, powerful female protagonist.  Action. Gripping.  I don’t have time to link to a review right now. I have to go to work and tell my students about it. I am considering it as a class read for my sixth or seventh graders.

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