#BookReview | Let The Children March by @MonicaClarkRob + More #BlackHistoryMonth Books Every Child Should Read #sponsored

Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review of Let the Children March.
Let the Children March is brand new picture book by Monica Clark-Robinson that gives readers an in-depth look at the Civils Rights Movement and the little freedom fighters who had a big impact on changing the world! This is the author’s debut of her first children’s book in which she collborated with Frank Morrison to illustrate and bring these historical moments to life!

This book gave incredible insight and accurate information about the Children’s March in 1963. I personally do not recall learning much about this in school, so it was with great pleasure to learn the story along with my 6 year old daughter. Her reactions to what the children did, how brave they were and the struggles faced at that time were indeed priceless.

The narrator of the book is a young girl so that immediately caught the attention of my daughter. Although the chatacter is fictional, the events are not. You can tell the author put a whole lot of research into this book to make it as real and accurate as possible. Not only was art done by illustrator Frank Morrison, but actual photographs from the events in Birmingham on 1963 were used.

I think everyone’s introduction to Black History in school is probably thru learning about Dr. Martin Luther King. So when my daughter saw that he was a part of this movement, her face lit up as she recognized someone she had been studying about at home and school!

His efforts and purpose of the movement was also shared in the book. His ideas to ‘fill the jails’ with people arrested for marching in order to disrupt government and make change happen had some obstacles when adults were too afraid to lose jobs. The introduction of children to the Civil Rights Movement, he later wrote, changed everything! Watch this video for a look inside this beautifully illustrated book and a read-a-long snippet from #outandaboutAvareads:

👏👏 Bravo to the author and illustrator for finding a balance of giving enough details to tell this story of courage and hope without scaring young readers. My daughter understood that the bravery those children had then makes a difference in our lives now!

With just a week left of Black History Month (although these books can be read during any time of the year), I wanted to share some other books we have enjoyed as part of the #outandaboutAvareads series for families and teachers to know more about Black History. Check these out in addition to Let The Children March:

📚 Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens by @ninanolan111 📚Our Legendary Ladies: Harriet Tubman by @ourlegendaryladies 📚 Bedtime Inspirational Stories-50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World by @bedtimeinspirational

For more information about Let The Children March, follow
Website: https://monicaclark-robinson.com/
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..and hashtags #letthechildrenmarch #childrenscrusade #blackhistory #blackhistorymonth

Ever heard of the Children’s March in 1963? What moments in Black History have you shared with or read to your child? Comment below..and thanks!

Enter #SobeSavvyGiveaway and #Win ‘THIS IS IT’ by @DariaPeoples @HarperChildrens #newrelease #book

I am excited to tell you all about a new book from author Daria Peoples-Riley, titled ‘This Is It‘ and even more excited to offer you a chance to win this book!

This Is It ,which released on February 6, 2018, is published by Harper Collins and written/illustrated by Daria People-Riley. It is the author’s picture book debut and was inspired by her daughter. My 6 yr old daughter, fondly referred as #outandaboutAva on the blog, loves to dance and has practiced ballet which made me interested in learning more about this book. I also believe in supporting diverse books and authors because representation matters. This book, recommended for ages 4-8 yrs old, celebrates the joy of dance and shows how confidence can be gained from within.

For those of us who live in North Carolina, there is a special connection. Take a look at this lovely trailer + interview for This Is It ….

BOOK TRAILER INTERVIEW

Tell us a little bit about the trailer. It’s not the average book trailer for a picture book.

I know, right? Well, I’ve always been interested in making films, so when THIS IS IT was
acquired, I knew I wasn’t going to do an animated book trailer. Creating a live action book trailer
would be the perfect opportunity to try filmmaking. I thought the idea of bringing my heroine to
real life would be more impactful. To be honest, as a child, I wasn’t very interested in cartoons. I
liked shows and movies with real people. It’s hard for me to believe there aren’t more kids out
there like that. The book trailer is the prologue to the book, and you have to read the book to
find out what happens next. It was a wonderful opportunity to create my first experience as a
filmmaker.

Who was some of the talent behind the scenes of the trailer?

I enlisted the expertise of Patrick Lascu, a Los Angeles based filmmaker, and he put together a
crew of amazing talent. He really went out of his way to involve me in the creative process. I
learned a lot from him, and hope we can work together again in the near future.

And in front of the camera, who plays the shadow?

The shadow is played by my daughter, Jonah Marie. She is an aspiring ballerina who inspired the poem in THIS IS IT.

Jonah, can you tell us a little bit about your ballet training?

I train in Vaganova Ballet, a style of Russian ballet. I train about ten hours a week right now, and
in the summer I attend summer intensives. Last summer, I attended Los Angeles Ballet School
and next summer I will attend UNCSA’s classical ballet intensive.

What was it like dancing as the shadow?

It was really fun because I didn’t have to worry about being on the camera, but I was still a part
of the trailer.

Besides ballet, what are some of your other interests?

I like fashion and baking.

What are some of your dreams for the future?

I would love to become a professional ballet dancer.

The mom and the daughter—who plays those roles?

The mom is played by Tanya Hill, and her daughter Jalyn Noelle. They are real mom and
daughter, so the connection was natural.

How did you go about finding Tanya and Jalyn?

It was pretty unconventional actually. We call it a God story—one of those acts of Providence
only God could orchestrate. Patrick and I were looking for actors, and reached out to a few casting directors, but we hadn’t found anyone who looked quite like the character in THIS IS IT.
However, after a couple of weeks of unsuccessfully finding anyone, I was leaving a hotel in Buena Park, California when I drove by Tanya and Jalyn who were standing along the street at a crosswalk. Immediately, I was amazed at how much Jalyn looked like my heroine, so I pulled over. It wasn’t until I got out of my car to approach them, I realized Jalyn and Tanya were holding a homeless sign and asking for money.

What did you do next?

Truthfully, it caught me off-guard a little and probably out of nervousness, I commented on
Tanya’s t-shirt, a North Carolina Panther’s shirt. I don’t really watch football, but I am a Cam
Newton fan because of all the wonderful things he does for kids, so the first thing I said was
something like “I’m a Cam Newton fan!” Awkward, right? So funny. But she said, “I am too!”
Then, we Cam-dabbed together.
Once the ice was broken, I told her I was an author/illustrator who wrote a book, and her
daughter looked a lot like the character in my story. I asked her if she was interested in acting in
my book trailer, and that was when Jalyn told me,“Of course, I’m an actor.” Tanya told me she was struggling after relocating to California from North Carolina. She cried tears of joy when I offered Jalyn the role. Then, I cried. Then, we celebrated by taking a selfie.

We exchanged information, and Jalyn became my real life heroine. The best thing about it was I was
able to compensate Jalyn for her talent.

How are Jalyn and her mom doing now? Can you give us an update? Do you still keep in touch?

Absolutely! We keep each other updated. Jalyn and her mom will be in my heart forever. They are doing wonderful. Shortly after our first meeting, I reached out to my aunt who lives in the LA area to find Tanya and Jalyn housing. She
enlisted the help of Boys II Men singer, Nathan Morris who has a heart for helping the homeless.
Together, we raised $9,000 in three days on GoFundMe. Jalyn and her mom moved back to the Carolinas. Jalyn is acting and attending school and mom is working as a manager of an optical gallery.

Jalyn, what did you think about Daria asking you to be in her trailer?

I felt excited because I wanted to be an actress and she just came in my life and helped me fulfill my dreams, and well, it was the first time I was on onset with cameras. I did NarroWay, A Christian theater in South Carolina, but it wasn’t like that.

How was your experience? What was your favorite part?

I loved the experience. It was a lot of fun doing it. My favorite part was learning ballet. It was the
first time I ever tried it, but now I actually want to do ballet.

What are you doing now?

Well, I went back to NarroWay and now I’m doing a show called Not Just Another Love Story.

What are some of your dreams for the future?

One of my dreams is becoming a veterinarian. I love animals and I really want to help the homeless. I’ve been in that situation before, and it’s not fun.

I am happy to host a book giveaway for one winner (who must be a US or Canadian resident) to receive a copy of THIS IS IT! Winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, February 23 at noon. Leave a comment below and answer the following:

Why would you like to win this book? 📚

Remember this book is not only good for little girls or aspiring dancers, you could gift this book to a child in your life or even a homeless shelter. Thank you for reading and entering. GOOD LUCK!

#FiveForFriday | 5 Childrens Books to Gift this Christmas #holidaygiftguide

Disclosure: This post is sponsored and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using one of the links in my post, I will receive a commission at no extra cost to you.

It’s almost Christmas and when it comes to shopping for our 6 year old or any other young children in our lives, I prefer to give the gift of reading. BOOKS make great gifts because no matter what your child enjoys, there is nothing like a new book to read to themselves, to you, to their favorite stuffed animal, for you to read to them at night, to take along on a trip..the ways to enjoy a book are endless! If you are ready to rebuild your home library with the best books for your little ones, ages 4-8, then this Amazon list is a great place to start! 

  • ELI’s 1st WINTER CARNIVAL by Lisa Bowen 

 This book will have you excited for Winter, as Little Eli enjoys making snow angels, and helping his family make a silly snowman at his first winter carnival! The joys of winter fun and quality time with family are wonderfully illustrated in this 36 page book for recommended for age level: Birth-8, grade level: preschool – 5.

       

  • Smarty Locks and the Unforgettable Zoo by Marilyn Harary

This rhyming book inspired our recent trip to the NC Zoo and my latest hair do..lol! Smarty Locks is so excited for her class trip to the zoo, but when plans change she comes up with a clever plan of what to do! The lesson of ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’ is loud and clear for young readers ages 5-8 and their parents to hear! 

  • I Just Kept Spinning by Destini Berry

As a young black girl who enjoys ballet herself, my daughter was thrilled to receive this diverse book. The author, who is 18 years old, retells an inspirational story based on true experiences of overcoming discrimination when she was 7 years old. I Just Kept Spinning relays an important message that no matter how you wear your hair, or what you look like, to have self-love and always follow your dreams!

    • No Chimney? No Problem! by Jodi Wojtowicz

    If you ever had a child ask, “If our house has no chimney, how will Santa get in?” ..this book will answer the question! Prior to Christmas Eve, give this boxed gift set which includes a hardcover, dust jacketed copy of the book and keepsake key and ribbon. We plan to start a new family tradition of hanging this decorative Santa key on the door and unlock the magic this year! This book gift set is available for purchase at www.nochimney.com. Use discount code  ‘NOCHIMNEY10BT’ from 10/23-11/30. 

    • Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards

    We loved this picture book which not only spoke to our love of travel and food but celebrates culture and diversity! When Giovanni learns his grandmother is serving ‘rice and rock’ to his friends who are coming over for Sunday dinner, he worries they will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. However, he discovers other places where people eat rice and rocks too and that its these delicious similarities that bring us all together!

     

      There are so many amazing books our daughter read this year that I would recommend to give as a gift but these were her favorite five. On #outandaboutAva ‘s Christmas wish list this year is Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vasht Harrison (avail for pre-order now on Amazon).

      So if you are reading this Santa, she has been a good girl and would love this book! Check out a sneak peek of the book >>here.

      Be sure to follow along on social media at #outandaboutAvareads to see what books she has reviewed + stay tuned for giveaways!

      Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

      WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU GIFTING TO A YOUNG READER OR YOURSELF THIS HOLIDAY? Comment Below 📚