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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Journey With Lessons of History

Delightful reads from Barbara Ann and Victor Ramon Mojica

Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT VERNON (Volume 7)

Who was George Washington? Washington is best known as America's first president, but he was also a military hero. If you asked George Washington what he really wanted to be, he would reply, "a farmer." Seeking to revolutionize antiquated 18th century farming methods, Washington experimented with crop rotation, fertilizers, plowing and plants. The Mount Vernon Ladies Association began restoring his estate to its former glory in 1853. Today the buildings, grounds and The Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center reveal the real Father of the United States of America.

Mrs.D.'s thoughts…

I could give no greater admiration than to say that reading the Little Miss History series truly blessed me in many ways. Through the eyes of Little Miss History, I discovered many historical landmarks and learned about the people who left a significant imprint on history and our country. The latest book, Little Miss History Travels to Mount Vernon, is beautifully written and illustrated by Barbara and Victor Mojica. It takes young readers to the eighteenth century, where children will learn about George Washington, the first president of the United States, his life, work, and death, and some sad facts about slavery. The story of Washington’s Mount Vernon mansion and plantation perfectly captures the era and the soul of the man, who deeply believed that every man should be free regardless of color or status. Sadly, he died before he could bring his vision to reality.

This is one of those books your child must read. It’s a very simple and quick read, but oh so effective! If you want to have a healthy conversation with your children about diversity, slavery, and historical events, but do not know how to spark their interest, the Little Miss History series is your perfect tool. Each book is uniquely illustrated and contains an instructive story, easy to read together with an elementary-school-age child or grandchild. It has beautiful art and simple language, and you’ll find it encouraging and inspiring to learn more about the country that our children have the privilege to live in. The Little Miss History series has multiple award-winning books, great reads for the younger generation yearning to learn more about America and the life of their peers before them.

This talented team of the wonderful writer and creative illustrator certainly know how to deliver page after page of engaging observations. While sophisticated in scope, the story reads quickly and is easy to digest. It feels like a breath of fresh air and is definitely an eye-opener for children who love to sink into a short history book, packed with facts. I must say, you'll want to read these books in a quiet place and look closely at each illustration. They’re full of amazing characters. Very interesting art and educational writing, worth every penny of your investment. If you’ve ever wanted to teach your children about our country’s past, the Little Miss History series is your map!

A fun children's book, which educates children about American history

 Little Miss History Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE (Volume 1) 

Once again, Little Miss History takes readers on an exciting voyage through time!

Little Miss HISTORY Travels to The Statue of Liberty (Volume 2)

A charismatic and very captivating children's book!

Buckle up and enjoy your trip to Sequoia National Park!

Little Miss HISTORY Travels to FORD'S THEATER (Volume 4)

Well written and illustrated, Little Miss History Travels to Ford's Theater will help much younger children understand the history of America.

Each page is full of history that leads to discovering even more about this significant American landmark. The facts about this legendary battleship are fascinating, especially the information about its captain, who spent his own fortune to make it a museum, so generation after generation could learn about its heroic legacy and honor the heroes who fought for our freedom.

I recommend this book for those who would like to guide their children into an interest in American culture and history. It is great that the Mojicas understand targeted audiences for their history books. Because of their educational history books, elementary school children will have a chance to study legendary landmarks and have a better grasp of related material later in life.

My recommendation to parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians: chose these books! You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. They are fun to read, great for children, and full of historical facts and educational lessons. I read them just for extra knowledge! It is never too late to learn! Crafted by a very talented team, Mr. and Mrs. Mojica, these books have so much to offer. Give your child a gift—knowledge.

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Barbara Ann Mojica 

Barbara Ann Mojica is a historian and retired educator. She writes historical articles for the Columbia Insider under the banner "Passages." Using the whimsical Little Miss History character, Barbara hopes to inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss History's antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages.

Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE is her first stop. In her second journey she sails to The STATUE of LIBERTY. Little Miss HISTORY'S third adventure to SEQUOIA National Park finds her skydiving into the park to explore its history. This book recently received honorable mention in the Children's Literature Independently Published Principal's Awards (CLIPPA), and runner up in the nature/wildlife category of the 2015 Great Northwest Book Festival. In her fourth adventure, Little Miss HISTORY arrives at FORD'S THEATER in her horse and buggy just in time for the 150th Anniversary to witness an event that changed history. This book won the 2015 IAN Award for Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Book.

Where can you explore life on a submarine, an aircraft carrier, and outer space all in one place? At the INTREPID Sea, Air & Space Museum, visitors can watch war movies, view actual WW II planes, and explore the Growler nuclear submarine. The USS Intrepid served: in WW II, the Vietnam War, during the height of the Cold, and as FBI headquarters for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Read more about this one ship's amazing history, and the sacrifices of those who served on her, to keep the USA safe and free!




A journey begins with leaving one place and venturing forth toward a new one. Millions of immigrants left their homelands in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to seek the promise of a better future in America. Why did they abandon their homeland? Some fled from political oppression or slavery, others sought work or the possibility of acquiring land to farm. Those who entered the Great Hall on Ellis Island did so with fear in their hearts and hope in their eyes.

Come follow Little Miss HISTORY Travels to ELLIS ISLAND and explore their dreams and experiences as they passed through the gates. Perhaps you will see one of your ancestors reflected in their eyes. For most immigrants the end of their transatlantic voyage was a new beginning, for others it became “An Island of Tears.”

VICTOR RAMON MOJICA was born and raised in Manhattan, New York, but has lived in the Hudson Valley region since 1986 and now resides in Craryville, New York with his wife Barbara. He is an illustrator, cartoonist and writer with such works to his credit as the critically acclaimed, comic book series eugenus® ... The Next Step In Human Evolution!, which he created, wrote and illustrated. Victor has now written and illustrated his first children's book titled Captain Crossbones(™) in The Treasure Hunt, based on the comic strip appearing in The Columbia Insider, Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack, Publishers.

I absolutely adore Little Miss History, with whom I’ve already developed a special bond. I cannot wait to see where she will take me next. 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Children Of Color


10 Children's Books That Help White Kids Understand What Children Of Color Are Up Against

With years of racism, prejudice, and mistreatment of people of color, the need to break it down to children who are not of color is something that is extremely important. For some people, having that conversation of racism and issues with people or children of color may be difficult, so having a fewchildren's books that help white kids understand what children of color are up against help get the point across.

As the aggression between races continues to heighten, there's an extensive amount of history that needs to be explained to children who are not of color to be able to understand why those of color are in the middle of an uphill battle that expands back further than we can really trace. Regardless of what some think, racism is something that is taught to our children, not something that they are born with. Teaching them what it means to be racist, the hurt that it has caused people of color in the past and currently, and the effects that it leaves on both parties is something that holds a great importance.
Whether you're looking for a way to start the discussion on racism or deliver more history on the fight people of color have endured throughout time, these 10 books will help accomplish what you need.

1. 'Pink and Say' by Patricia Polacco

Patricia Polacco's Pink and Say is an exceptional story based around the Civil War that details a story of a black family who put their life in danger to care for a young white boy who was wounded. Great for taking a small look into racism, Polacco's book will help your children see just how dangerous it was to be caring as a person of color.

2. 'Sister Anne's Hands' by Marybeth Lorbiecki

Based in the early 1960s, Sister Anne's Hands reveals the fight that people of color endured, even when they were only trying to help children learn.

3. 'This Is Our House' by Michael Rosen

Subtle yet meaningful, Michael Rosen's This Is Our House shows children what being excluded based on certain things feels like.

4. 'The Jacket' by Andrew Clements

The Jacket by Andrew Clements tells a story that many children of color have experienced with being accused of something negative based off of their skin color. Delivering a walk into a well-needed learning opportunity, The Jacket is a great book for showing children the ugly truth about prejudice encounters.

5. 'Under The Same Sky' by Cynthia DeFelice

Under the Same Sky tells a perfect story of white privilege and entitlement when 14-year-old Joe Pedersen is forced to work on his father's farm with the hired Mexican laborers. An important story on racism and truth, Cynthia DeFelice's look into how those that are different than us is well needed within today's youth.

6. 'The Other Side' by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson's The Other Side is a story of a friendship not held by the restraints of color and displays a very realistic lesson on how racism is taught to the youth.

7. 'The Story Of Ruby Bridges' by Robert Coles

The Story of Ruby Bridges is a book that tells the true story of six-year-old Ruby Bridges, who became the only black child in an all white New Orleans school. Facing mobs of parents who refuse to let their children learn alongside of them, Ruby's courage, fight, and strength is a great realization that the mistreatment of people of color has no age limit.

8. 'Let Them Play' by Margot Theis Raven

Another true story surrounded around segregation, Margot Theis Raven's civil rights story Let Them Play teaches children about equality and displays how ignorance and bigotry can cost you what you desire most.

9. 'The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963' by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Watson's Go to Birmingham - 1963 gives a look into the horrific and historical burning of the Sixteenth Avenue Baptist Church with four little girls inside through the eyes of a young boy.

10. 'Ruth and The Green Book' by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Calvin Alexander Ramsey's book Ruth and the Green Book unveils the unfortunate treatment of blacks through the eyes of young Ruth who travels with her family from Chicago to Alabama using the help of The Green Book.
“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016



Originally published in The Educators' Spin On It

Take a look
in the mirror
at your friends
at your neighbors
at your community members.

Now take a look at the bookshelves in your home.  Do the characters and stories in your children’s books represent the amazingly, beautiful diversity in your world?

Build a Diverse Bookshelf and Explore the WORLD with your children and learn about other cultures


If you are a follower of The Educators’ Spin On It, then you know one of my parenting goals is to raise globally aware children. Affiliate links to books included in this article.

You may have also figured out that I am quite the book addict and so are my kids.


From articles on how to improve your children reading comprehension to arranging an exchange of one book and activity through mail for more than 60 bloggers, I am a strong believer of reading.

So you would think that my book shelves represent everything that I believe in.



I really struggle with finding high-quality, high-interest diverse books within our families budget.  After thinking about this challenge of mine, I realized that

I can not be the only one looking for diverse books. 

 I can not be the only one wanting to raise globally aware children accepting of other cultures.

I can not be the only one who WANTS my children to read diverse books.

So I have decided to make a difference in MY bookshelf and hopefully yours too!  After reaching out to LEE & LOW BOOKS, I am going to show you how to build a LOVE diverse BOOKS package for your family every month this school year.  Our theme for September will be FAMILY! They will be sending their 3 books picks to me and I’ll be showing you how I make a #LOVEdiverseBOOKS package for 3 different ages.  Stay tuned for more information!

Love Diverse Books: Building a diverse bookshelf to explore the world from your own home.  Parenting culturally aware children

With a special thanks to Keilin Huang for sharing more about LEE & LOW with us and tips for assessing your own book collection!


By Keilin Huang

LEE & LOW BOOKS has been publishing diverse children’s books for the past 21 years and we’re proud to say that we’ve seen some progress when it comes to diversity in children’s books. From articles in the New York Times to the #weneeddiversebooks campaign that went viral, diversity has become a huge topic of discussion.

Attached is a list of 50+ children’s books, all featuring a variety of characters and cultures. While it’s important for kids to learn about important historical events that have impacted today’s societies (the Civil Rights Movement, Japanese internment camps), LEE & LOW strives to publish books that also depict children of all backgrounds doing things any child would do: gardening with their grandparents, hula-hooping in their neighborhood. These “mirror” and “window” books allow children to relate to characters that are similar to themselves, but it also introduces them to new cultures and people that they may not have learned about before.

Included in this list are several books from our other imprints, which has expanded our range of diverse books that we are able to provide. TU BOOKS is our young adult imprint that focuses on the science fiction, fantasy, and mystery genres. The imprint addresses the gap in these genres, which oftentimes feature white characters. CHILDREN’S BOOK PRESS, which LEE & LOW acquired in 2012, and SHEN’S BOOKS, acquired last year, has allowed us to expand even further in publishing multicultural books. As one of the first multicultural children’s book publishers, acquiring CHILDREN’S BOOK PRESS has allowed us to increase our number of bilingual books, while SHEN’S BOOKS focuses on introducing readers to the different cultures of Asia. With the population of the United States changing rapidly, it’s all the more important to provide books that children will be able to relate to. The list below provides books with historical significance, as well as stories that children of all ages and backgrounds can relate to.


 1.Does your book list or collection include books with characters of color? LGBTQ? Differently-abled?

 2.Does it include books with a main character of color? LGBTQ? Differently-abled?

 3.Does it include books written or illustrated by a person of color? Of different nationalities, religions or sexual preference?

 4. Are there any books with a person of color on the cover? Do the characters on the book covers accurately reflect the characters in the book?

 5. Think about your student population. Does your list provide a mix of “mirror” books and “window” books for your students—books in which they can see themselves reflected and books in which they can learn about others?

 6. Think about the subject matter of your diverse books. Do all your books featuring black characters focus on slavery? Do all your books about Latino characters focus on immigration? Are all your LGBTQ books coming out stories?

 7.Do you have any books featuring diverse characters that are not primarily about race or prejudice? Consider your classic books, both fiction and nonfiction. Do any contain hurtful racial or ethnic stereotypes , or images (e.g. Little House on the Prairie or The Indian in the Cupboard)? If so, how will you address those stereotypes with students? Have you included another book that provides a more accurate depiction of the same culture? You can read the full blog post here

Parenting Global Kids: Tips for Building a Diverse Bookshelf from Lee & Low + blogger/educator @aboyarshinov:
— Lee & Low Books (@LEEandLOW) July 28, 2014



Stay tuned for more LOVE Diverse BOOKS: Creating LOVE BOOKS packages for global minded families.

For more tips on building a diverse bookshelf click here.

Looking for a reading records, game boards, and motivational activities for your home or classroom? I highly recommend this Reading Kit. There is even a section for your kids to read around the world.
Follow along #weneedmorediversebooks and their own hashtag #LOVEdiverseBOOKS

Courtesy of Amanda Boyarshinov



K - 12 masters reading teacher, author and mom to 3. Amanda is a National Board Certified teacher with oodles of experience in early childhood education.