Jafta the homecoming


this is one of those books that I did not find  at all interesting that my youngster absolutely adored.  i’m not sure why, but we’ve read it every night for a week. unlike most other books she doesn’t ask any questions, she just is happy (and insists upon) to have it read to her. plot: jafta missed his father while he is working away from home and is glad he is returning. 

A Squiggly Story


this book shows a loving brother-sister relationship and isn’t it good when those are modeled! the main chacter writes a story, even though he doesn’t know many letters and his sister encourages him the entire time. my girl, of course,  wanted to write her own story afterwards and so she did.

Henry Wants More


this books will seem familiar to most parents. “more” and “again” are regular parts of the toddler vocabulary. henry is a perfect example of this. his family is loving and indulgent …my favorite kind of family. the book rhymes which is perfect so kids can scream “more” and “again” at the appropriate times.

Mama Miti 


Thayu nyumba:  Peace, my people

this phrase is repeated throughout the book .. each time mama miti sends a Kenyan woman off with a sapling she utters that refrain. and wouldn’t you know, it’s the thing that has stuck with my girl long after the book dropped out of rotation. 

Thayu nyumba: Peace, my people

Malaika’s Costume


this book was a winner for us. a little girl and her grandmother is always a win considering the special connection my girl has with her grandmother.  this book is set in a caribbean island. not the one we are from originally but enough for my brown girls to make connections. and of course to ask, when are we going back? soon, my child soon. 

The Nesting Quilt


this one was retired after one read. it was put out to pasture, sent down the river, given the pink slip, never to be heard from again. this book is about how a little girl and her family prepared for the arrival of her sibling. uhmmm.. nope. so when I was done assuring my brown girl there was not little cute baby coming, i hid the book and am not ashamed.