Last week, I listed three of the girls’ favorite books. Here are just a few of mine. Enjoy!

I Like Myself!I Like Myself!

Written By Karen Beaumont

Illustrated by David Catrow

I wish this little book had been around when I was a child. My thin frame and long hair made me an easy target for bullies. Mom and Dad boosted my self-esteem at every turn. This book, though, could have stood in when they weren’t available.

Simone and Nadia giggle at the silly pictures, while I recognize the serious subject behind this ode to confidence. That is why I am filing this book in the resources section of our library for those times when Simone and Nadia need a lift.


Girls Hold Up This World

By Jada Pinkett Smith

Photographs by Donyell Kennedy-McCollough

A wonderful picture book based on a poem by Jada Pinkett Smith. Simone and Nadia love pointing to the pictures. Donyell Kennedy-McCullough’s images show girls of all different ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds. The colorful pages and pictures get a thumbs up from the girls, while I applaud the message that girls can do anything. This is a Reading Time staple in our home.

Hip Hop Speaks to Children by Nikki Giovanni: Book CoverHip Hop Speaks To Children: A Celebration Of Poetry With A Beat

Edited by Nikki Giovanni

Hip Hop Speaks to Children takes readers and listeners on a lyrical journey, with stops at school, church, and home. The list of contributors is long and impressive from Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Gwendolyn Brooks to Queen Latifah, Tupac Shakur, and Mos Def. Altogether, there are 51 poems from 42 poets, with 42 tracks on the CD.

Simone and Nadia danced to many of the song excerpts on the CD. Simone even tapped a beat on the cover of books as poets performed their work.

The title of this book is true. Hip Hop does speak to children. As a result, I won’t let this one leave the house because it may not ever find its way home.