Perfect Picture Book Friday: AMERICAN DESI Plus Critique Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I absolutely LOVE today’s featured book. The text is empowering and the illustrations are fabulous. There is action and discovery on every page. And guess what! There is a Picture Book Critique up for grabs, thanks to generous author Jyoti! Please make sure you leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway – and sharing this post on your social media will earn you extra tickets in the giveaway hat.

AMERICAN DESI

Written by Jyoti Rajan Gopal

Illustrated by Supriya Kelkar

Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Bicultural families, embracing diversity, self-awareness

Synopsis: From Amazon:
For fans of Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, this poetic story filled with expressive art empowers South Asian children living in the United States and celebrates being bicultural.

Pavadais in bright gold colors
Jersey shirts and faded jeans
Swapping, changing, feeling seen…
Which is the color of me?


A young girl longs to know where she fits in: Is she American? Or is she Indian? Does she have to pick or can she be both? With bright, joyful rhyme, and paired with an immersive art style using American and Indian fabrics, American Desi celebrates the experiences of young children growing up first and second generation Indian American: straddling the two cultural worlds they belong to, embracing all they love of both worlds and refusing to be limited by either.

This story is a powerful tribute to the joy of being South Asian and for every reader who aspires to bridge their worlds with grace, grit, and confidence.

Why I Love This Book:
1. Lovely lyrical text invites the child reader and listener on a joyful journey of celebration as the main character examines and embraces everything about herself.
2. A wonderful mirror for children with bicultural identities and/or those who are straddling identities as well as a window for all children to learn more about the beauty and strength of South Asian culture.
3. Glorious illustrations vividly portray the joy and strength of the main character and her family.

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

Photo courtesy: https://artsycraftsymom.com/painting-a-simple-madhubani-fish-in-12-steps/

For details on how to make this beautiful Madhubani Fish: https://artsycraftsymom.com/painting-a-simple-madhubani-fish-in-12-steps/

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the Critique Giveaway. AMERICAN DESI launches June 21st!!!! Please remember that the best way to help your favorite books become a success is to buy them, review them, tell friends about them, and ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Perfect Picture Book Friday: LULU & ZOEY: A Sister Story Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus for a couple of weeks…but now I’m back with three weeks in a row of AWESOME Perfect Picture Book Friday posts. And today’s is extra special because the author is one of my dearest critique buddies, Carrie Finison who is such a sweetheart – she’s offering a giveaway of a copy of LULU & ZOEY to one lucky blog follower!

LULU & ZOEY: A Sister Story

Written by Carrie Finison

Illustrated by Brittany Jackson

Published by Running Press Kids

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Siblings, respect, getting along

Synopsis: From Amazon:
Sometimes Lulu wants to play, but her big sister Zoey doesn’t. Sometimes Zoey tries to share, but Lulu won’t. Sometimes, it is HARD to get along with a sister! But, sometimes, sisters come together and create something wonderful. This charming story follows the adventures of Lulu and Zoey as they navigate the ups and downs of sisterhood and find there is room in their hearts for each other.

Why I Love This Book:
1. I’ve got a big sister…and I really related to all of the moments of sibling interaction in this story!

2. The rhyme is so well done – this is a fabulous read-aloud – and kids will want to hear it over and over!

3. The illustrations are spot-on perfect – I love the diversity – and the action and emotion that is evident in each spread!

And here’s a lovely review from Kirkus:
Readers with siblings will surely find echoes of themselves in both characters and take comfort in the fact that the story ends happily. However much these sisters might disagree or get on each other’s nerves, they will always find room in their hearts for each other.

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

SIBLING HANDPRINT ART

Photo courtesy: https://pin.it/bmBtMKh

I found this sibling craft activity on Jessi Shatley’s Pinterest board. With just paper and either finger paint or tempera paint, you can help your children create this adorable owl picture…and I think you could probably do other animal scenes as well with handprints (or even footprints)…fish swimming in a goldfish bowl or under the sea, dinosaurs, dragons – just let your children’s imaginations run free.

Please make sure you leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway. And don’t forget that the best way to ensure the success of a book that you love (like THIS one!) is to buy it, review it, tell friends about it, and ask your local library to purchase it for their shelves.

For a signed copy of LULU & ZOEY: A Sister Story, please use link below to order from Belmont Books (Carrie’s local store). Request a signed copy and any personalization (e.g. child’s name) in the Order Comments field.https://www.belmontbooks.com/book/9780762473984

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’m in Chicago – again – I guess it’s like my second home. I’m spending time with my sister and helping her go through stuff. But I’ll have my computer with me and will keep in touch with all things kid-lit.

Perfect Picture Book Friday: DINO’S PAJAMA PARTY

Happy Friday, dear friends. Today’s featured book is sure to please the kiddos…as well as moms and dads who are trying to get their little ones to bed…and teachers who are looking for a fun rhyming read-aloud. The author, Laurie Wallmark, is a dear friend of mine and is better known for her narrative nonfiction biographies about strong women…but oh my goodness…she is multitalented for sure! You are going to love this one!

DINO’S PAJAMA PARTY

Written by Laurie Wallmark

Illustrated by Michael Robertson

Published by Running Press Kids (2021)

Ages: 3-8

Themes: Dinosaurs, bedtime, rhyme

Synopsis: From Amazon:
Much like us, dinosaurs love to have fun. Dinosaurs from all around gather together to play instruments, dance, and sing before bedtime. But soon the dinosaurs grow tired and need their rest. This is a book that’s sure to have kids following the dinos’ lead as they get ready to go to sleep.

WHY I LOVE THIS BOOK:

  1. This is a great read-aloud for home or school.
  2. The text is filled with action verbs and a rollicking rhythm.
  3. The illustrations are delightful – bold and full of fun!

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

Photo courtesy: https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/67920/50-dinosaur-crafts-activities/

Kids really do love dinosaurs and they will love trying some of these amazing dinosaur crafts and activities: https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/67920/50-dinosaur-crafts-activities/

Please remember that the best way we can tell an author that we love her book is to buy a copy, review it, tell friends about it, ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection. DINO’S PAJAMA PARTY launches on October 19th…and is available for pre-order!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! The New England Fall Foliage is in full bloom…quite a spectacular sight!

And if you are looking for more wonderful picture book recommendations and activities, please hop over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday linky.