Review: Be Who You Are by Todd Parr

Reviewed by Katelyn Wright Why fit in when it’s way more fun to stand out? That’s the message that Todd Parr boldly splashes across each page in Be Who You Are, a colorful picturebook for pre-school and early elementary readers. Children of all colors, including blue, black, orange, and purple, dance through this book with…

Review: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Reviewed by Katie Green Imagine never communicating with the people around you.  Imagine never being able to tell them you understand them.  This is the frustratingly isolated world of eleven-year-old Melody.  She is a genius with a photographic memory, but almost no one knows.  Melody has cerebral palsy, so she is unable to talk or…

Review: The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

Reviewed by Racha Kassir The Turtle of Oman recounts how a third grader Omani boy named Aref refuses to move with his parents from Oman to the U.S. Ann Arbor, Michigan for three years while they obtain their doctorate degrees. Aref gives his mom a hard time while packing. No matter how large the suitcase,…

Review: Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle

Reviewed by Eileen Graves Opening with a dedication “to all the cats in my life,” Eric Carle tells a story about a little boy, who is looking for his lost cat and discovers a world full of different, beautiful cats. It is more about diversity than anything, and it gets the point across very well.…