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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BOB Book Winner 2018 – Historical Fiction

A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park

 

In each chapter there are two time periods and two storylines because we are following both the true story of Salva Dut, a Sudanese Lost Boy, who was airlifted to the United States in the 1990’s and the fictional story of Nya, a young village girl of today. The author, Linda Sue Park, has used this book as a platform to support Dut’s program, Water for South Sudan.

Separated from his family by war in Sudan, Salva traveled by foot hundreds of miles to safety in Kenya.  Along with thousands of other boys – he survived starvation, attacks and disease to eventually relocate in New York.  He learned English, went to college and was successful enough to be able to return to his country to install deep-water wells in remote villages.

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