#ReadYourWorld Review of Rice and Rocks

Thank you to author Sandra L. Richards for sending me a copy of Rice and Rocks, her picture book, illustrated by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan. This book was released by Wise Inc. Creative Publishing in 2017.picmonkey collagetemplaey

Rice and Rocks is a little story that packs in round-the-world adventure a la Magic Treehouse all inside the covers of a picture book. It explores the culinary links between Jamaica, Puerto Rico, New Orleans, and Japan.

Jasper is some parrot! He can shrink his companions and fly them around the world where Giovanni can learn a lesson and still be back in time for a traditional dinner of rice and beans with family and friends.

I liked the vibe of the art from the very first pages. At once it evoked music and motion. Giovanni looked like a boy who knew what he enjoyed and had room to follow his heart. Only after finishing the book and turning back to the opening pages did I fully appreciate all the tiny details Sullivan tucked into her illustrations.

Magic Treehouse readers would enjoy this picture book. They will be familiar with characters leaving home to learn something that makes them appreciate home more in the end.   

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom.Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board!

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Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library GuildTheConsciousKid.org.

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GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,

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We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

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#IMWAYR Time Jumpers

Time Jumpers by Wendy Mass and illustrated by Oriol Vidal

Have you been looking for an entry level fantasy book for readers who are just transitioning into chapters? At 90 pages with ample picture support, Time Jumpers will spark readers’ interest in adventures with a bit of time travel magic. It will set them up to become readers of Magic Treehouse books and Time Warp Trio stories. This new series is part of Scholastic’s Branches line for early chapter books. Consider them for your newly confident second grade readers or older readers striving to make their way into high interest chapter books.

#IMWAYR Max & the Midknights

Fans of Big Nate or graduates of the Time Warp Trio will enjoy this medieval misadventure by Lincoln Pierce. At nearly 300 pages it feels hefty in the hand, but reads fast.

10 year old Max and friends set off to save Conrad the Kind King. Their quest features a wicked usurper king, an evil sorceress, a bumbling old wizard, dragons, kindly knights, swords and a tall tower.

I’d say you’d have a hard time deciding where to shelve this book– humor or graphic novel, fantasy perhaps–but once your readers catch sight of it, it’ll never be on the shelf anyway. It’s the kind of book that will be claimed straight from the returns bin.

Happy belated book birthday (1/8/19) to Max & the Midknights by Lincoln Pierce!

#IMWAYR The Remarkable Heart of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise


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Happy Belated Book Birthday to The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart! This new heartprint book was just released on January 8, 2019. 

I’ve caught my breath. I can see again, now that I’ve wiped away the tears. My heart is still swelling full of Coyote’s story though.

Coyote will take her place next to Carly of One for the Murphys, and Opal of Because of Winn Dixie. Her voice is real and raw and compelling.

Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s Mrs. Murphy is the best mom in fiction. Dan Gemeinhart’s Rodeo is far from the world’s best dad…at least on the surface. He’s running away from the tragedy that changed their world and in the process he’s dragged his little girl around rest stop gas stations for years. They’ve driven thousands of miles for a one of a kind sandwich, but he won’t take her home. But while Rodeo’s unconventional, he’s managed to raise an amazing daughter. Coyote has learned from her dad that if you give them the chance and treat them like people, most people want to help you. And so she has become someone who genuinely wants to help others, whether she knows them or not. On the journey home to reclaim what she’s been secretly, silently missing, Coyote meets a handful of other lost and drifting souls and she shows us what can happen if we look into someone’s eyes and truly see them. Gemeinhart’s whole cast of characters is endearing, but Coyote is something special. She’s been taking care of herself…and her father for years. She can navigate cross country, convince strangers to do what she needs, and even drive a bus, but she can’t tell her father she’s sad.

The world is so full of sadness.

The world is so full of goodness.

Come along for the journey on this repurposed school bus. Come meet others who can look past someone’s surface to treat them with kindness and compassion. The world can be sad, but you’ll want to see it through Coyote’s eyes. It’s well worth the trip. We could all use a little touch of Rodeo’s magic.

I find myself hoping to read more about Salvador (Lester and Val, too). Maybe Gemeinhart will consider a set of companion texts similar to Jason Reynolds’ Track series. @MacKidsSL what do you say?