How is June saying goodbye already? I blinked and July is ready to enter the party. This month has had a lot of ups and downs but one thing that never disappoints are books. I couldn’t let June sneak out without sharing a few titles that have made it to our Bookshelf this month. I’m also happy to report that I just learned today that NYC Public Libraries will not be having their budgets cut after all. If that isn’t a reason to run to the library and catch up on some reading this summer than I don’t know what it.
Here is what we have for you this month:
Good Things – Grief is a hard subject to tackle with littles. Let’s be honest, grief is difficult for adults as well. This book does a marvelous job of tackling the subject with a sense of subtlety that doesn’t feel preachy. “Good things take time.” This book found a special place in our hearts not only for dealing with a tough topic but for including plants and educating us on new terminology.
The Spaces In Between – I know this is a children’s book but let me tell you, I considered keeping it on my bookshelf instead of adding it to JustaBXgirl’s. City living can be amazing but it can also cause anxiety with the crowds, the noises, and the sounds that surround. This book does a great job of giving words to the concerns AND giving ways to help ease the anxiousness one might feel.
Out of the Blue – Coral is a child that dreams of big adventures. As the tiniest in class she sometimes feels invisible. This book is a beautiful way to show that being invisible can be a superpower. It also can help littles realize just how powerful being little can be. Coming from a short stuff, I wish I had this when I was little.
War Against All Puerto Ricans – I can’t lie. I had to put this book down. It is so well written that it was breaking my heart and making me angry at the same damn time. I plan on finishing the book this summer because I was learning so much. History really does repeat itself over and over again. The atrocities that the US government has conducted against the island of Puerto Rico are a true travesty. And sadly most of us have never heard anything about any of them. I had learned about a few of the things I read in the book when I was studying Caribbean history in undergrad.