Days seem to be turning as quickly as pages. I thought that I would be sharing my April Bookshelf with you earlier than this. It seems like I blinked and we went from April Fools Day to planning Mother’s Day! Either way, I have a few titles that we wanted to share before the month ended.
Black Women in Science -This book might have been written for children to be able to read but let me tell you that it schooled me! Out of the fifteen women featured in the book, I was only familiar with THREE of them. It is so important to include books like these in our home libraries to remind not only our children but ourselves of the impact that Black women have had on our world.
The Sensitive Ones – I love that this book begins with definitions. The author doesn’t assume that we all define being an empath and empathy the same. She allows us to turn the pages of the book with an understanding of the space she is writing from. That is a gift. That is an amazing way to introduce the topic of empathy. It also helps parents of empaths to begin identifying their children from new perspectives. By sharing her and her daughter’s experiences and journey she helps us see our own.
What’s Cooking in Flowerville? – This book is fantabulous. The illustrations are beautiful. We love going through it and finding something new in the details every time. There is just so much to see. It also introduces so many new recipes. JustabXgirl is a selective eater but she wanted to try each recipe in this book. My favorite part is the educational side where they share the correct seasons for specific fruits and veggies. I love how it explains the different processes in gardening.
All Around Bustletown Nighttime – Every time that JustaBXgirl opens this book up she tells me another story about it. A lot of people think that picture books are just for little kids but I’m here to tell you differently. They are a great way to work on vocabulary and stretch the imagination. It is also like reading a new story every time because there’s no telling where the illustrations will take us when we turn the page.
Olaf Hajek’s Fantastic Fruits – Each illustration can be hung up as a piece of art. I know, the same can be said for most Prestel titles. Seriously though, the way that the fruit is drawn to connect it with its origin stories is magical. Oh, yes, the stories. I learned quite a lot about fruit that I never knew before. And the information is delivered in a way that doesn’t feel teachy. Did you know that bananas are actually a type of berry???
If Your Mouth Could Talk – The first time that I learned there was a connection between oral health and the impact it has on your overall health I was already in my thirties. I feel that the trajectory of so many people’s lives could be shifted if they were privy to this information. I’m happy that Dr. Hoss has written this book. My hope now is that the masses will read it. I feel like doctors should be giving it to patients and pediatricians to parents so that we can all make better decisions for ourselves.