BOB Book Winner 2018 – Differing Abilities

 This Kid Can Fly by Aaron Phillip

DIFFERING ABLILITIES

Because humans are social animals and live in groups, we are taught conformity from an early age.  Nobody wants to stick out and we all strive to blend in. In fact, we often are so concerned about what others think of us that we change our behavior to match those around us even though our opinions may be very different. Here’s the funny thing though – we are all individuals.  So, be yourself!

No one else is YOU, and THAT is your power!

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BOB Book Winner 2018 – School Pick

Making Bombs For Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

This story details an obscure piece of real history and shows us just how powerful hope and courage are in helping people to survive under difficult circumstances.

During World War II Lida and her sister watch in horror as their Jewish neighbors, forced to wear a yellow star for identification, are all taken away.  Where did they go and why?

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BOB Book Winner 2018 – Virginia Reader’s Choice

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III

Jimmy McClean is three parts Lakota Indian on his Mother’s side  and one part white on his Father’s side.  The problem, for Jimmy, is that the white is all that shows. With his light hair and blue eyes, he doesn’t seem to fit in.   His grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, takes him on a trip where he learns about his Lakota heritage and about the great Lakota hero, Tasunke Witko – known to us as “Crazy Horse”. Continue reading “BOB Book Winner 2018 – Virginia Reader’s Choice”

Educational Picture Books

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
This book intends to make more children interested in science. It focuses on Ada, a curious but silent child. Upon her third birthday, after not speaking one word ever in her life, Ada suddenly begins asking many advanced, science-focused questions. Her silence these past three years was simply the mark of a curious child soaking in her surroundings. The rest of the story, which includes a lot of rhyming, talks about her first big experiment. She notices a horrible smell that inspires a scientific search for the source. (I had a solid guess about the smell’s source, but it was sadly never confirmed.) What ensues is a crazy search, but it definitely serves a purpose. After reading Ada Twist, Scientist any child will have a new or renewed interest in the scientific process. Continue reading “Educational Picture Books”

BOB Book Winner 2018 – Nonfiction

BOB Book Winner 2018 – NONFICTION

 Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

This is a story about the racial and gender discrimination that was prevalent in the 1960’s. Before the use of computers, three African-American women worked as mathematicians for NASA.  They calculated launch windows for space missions (including John Glenn’s orbit of the Earth).  Because they were women, they had to fight for promotions and recognition even though they were smarter than their higher-ranked, white, male colleagues.  And, because they were black, they had to work in a separate “colored” building at the Langley Research Center due to Virginia’s segregation laws.

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