Twenty Yawns


i love the mutiracial in this book. this book gave my child ideas about getting out of bed at night to make sure everyone else is sleeping. how do i know this? she told me, after we read it, that it was what she planned to do. so read this one at risk to your bedtime schedule. consider yourself warned.


i am always amazed at the range of emotion that my girl experiences. they are so big. i am also amazed at her desire to discern what others are feeling. so the satisfied way she says “he’s happy now” at the end of this book is beautiful. the facial expressions and scenarios in the book are good for teaching emotional literacy. also, coffee shops are sort of our thing so she loved that part and looks around for grumpy people when we go out to one.

Fruit: A Caribbean Counting Poem


a book about succulent fruit and a cunning girl written in Jamaican patois. my girl has a narrow range of foods that she likes so she wanted to assure me on every page (after she counted the fruit) that she would NOT be eating those. we did have fun putting our hands over our tummy and pantomiming how big it would grow if we ate all of the fruits that the girl in the story did. so we were not surprised at all at that her gluttony resulted in a tummy-ache.

Last Stop on Market Street


i can not tell you how much I enjoyed this book. a sassy grandmother with a most wonderful view of life. my very literal 3 year old was not impressed with the concepts of seeing with your ears or nose. but that’s okay we still had wonderful discusssions about the five senses, public transportation and helping others. this will definitely be one we revisit as she gets older.

Island Counting 1 2 3


“one little island in the Caribbean Sea”

we really enjoyed this counting book. what we enjoyed most was the multiple opportunies to practice counting on each page. one of the five market ladies was selling 5 slices of watermelon, another had five flowers on her blouse, another five buttons….you get the picture. also, there is cricket and limboing. math with an island flavor.

I Love My Hair



it is important that these books exist, i think. and it is a nice problem that there are so very many of them. i am talking about books that praise the color of the brown girl’s skin or the natural texture of the brown girl’s hair. we have read quite a few and unless the illustrations are particularly interesting, they don’t hold my girl’s attention beyond the first reading.

Shades of Black 


the message of this board book is a good one but unlike most board books, this one has no simple rhythm or rhyme pattern that connected with little ones. my girl was more interested in giving the boys and girls in the photographs names and creating her own stories for why, for example, the little girl happened to be lying in popcorn. 

All the Colors of the Earth 


the illustrations in this book are beautiful. as is the language used to connect the children of the earth to the earth itself.

Children come in all colors of the earth. The roaring browns of nears and the soaring eagles.

my girl cared more about the animals and trying to figure out the relationship between characters in the book.

bonus: multicultural and multiracial families are pictured.