MADreads for Kids

A review of Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass by Doreen Rappaport

Rapaport tells of Frederick Douglass's life from being born a child slave to his adulthood as a free man working to free slaves and gaining the right to vote for black men. Douglass 's mother lived twelve miles away , leaving him under the care of his grandmother until he was six. From there, he was gifted to the master's relatives and sent to live in Maryland. He was taught how to read and write and those skills laid the foundation to his path to freedom.Actual quotes from Douglass's ...read more

Reviewed by Jody on
February 27, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Little Red Henry by Linda Urban

Little Red Henry is the baby of his family.  His mother, father, brother, and sister never let him do ANYTHING on his own.  They make his meals, cut his food, pick out his clothes and brush his teeth for him.  When Henry decides he wants to do these things himself, he turns out to be quite capable; but what will his family do with all their new free time?  Have fun, of course!  This is a great book for kids who have reached the “I can do it myself!” stage. ...read more

Reviewed by Jill O on
February 19, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Fort Mose: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America by Glennette Tilley Turner

Years before the Underground Railroad helped formerly enslaved men, women and children of African descent escape north to Canada, the path to freedom actually led south to Florida! Learn the untold story of Fort Mose, the first Free Black settlement in Colonial America in this beautifully researched and presented chapter of history that deserves to be shared with kids all over the United States.  Recommended for grade 4 and up. ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
February 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Lizzie and the Lost Baby by Cheryl Blackford

Cheryl Blackford’s debut children’s novel is an expertly layered tale of two siblings evacuated from their hometown in England during World War II, to live with strangers in the Yorkshire countryside. Lizzie and her brother Peter do not feel at home with their brusque new guardian Madge, wife of the local policeman. And things only get more complicated when Lizzie discovers an abandoned baby and takes it home to Madge. Exploring the parallel child’s-eye-view accounts of Lizzie and Elijah, a ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
February 11, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Pepper & Poe by Frann Preston-Gannon

2011 Maurice Sendak Fellowship Award Winner, Frann Preston-Gannon, makes her US picture book debut with the fun new book Pepper & Poe.Pepper the cat leads a nice orderly life.  He has his daily routine and likes it that way.  Then one day a new kitten Poe joins the family and messes everything up.  All Poe wants to do is play - but that disrupts Pepper's plans.  Will the two ever learn to get along and become friends?  Will Pepper ever have his order restored? ...read more

Reviewed by Jenny on
February 5, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews grew up surrounded by music, in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. Troy’s older brother James was leading his own band at a very young age, and Troy’s grandfather was also a musician. Troy wanted to be just like them. At first, young Troy and his friends used found items to make their own instruments – an empty box from a 12 pack of soda fastened around the neck with Mardi Gras beads became a drum. They pretended to play and parade down the streets just like a ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 20, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

It’s a grey day in the city, Church has just let out, and it’s time for CJ’s weekly trek with his Grandmother to help serve at the soup kitchen. But this week CJ is feeling disenchanted. Why do they have to wait for the bus in the rain? Wouldn’t it be better if they had a car? Why do they have to go to the soup kitchen every week to help out when CJs friends don’t have to do anything on Sunday afternoons? As CJ and his Grandmother make their way across town, Grandmother shares her wise ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of ALA Youth Media Awards The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exibits in Boston on Monday.   A list of 2016 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 12, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems

A small white dog with a pink bow named Diva and a green-eyed black cat named Flea become unlikely friends and adventurers in this story set in Paris, just around the corner from the Eiffel Tower. A self-identified flâneur, or idle man-about-town, Flea finds the serious, somewhat-nervous, somewhat-sheltered Diva guarding the whole of 11 avenue Le Play, including the courtyard. Their friendship develops and they both gain something valuable from the other. Diva and Flea think like small children ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 7, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver is a celebrated book by Lois Lowery. It melds dystopian fiction with action and drama to make a great combination. In fact, The Giver paved the way for the entire genre with help from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451; together, these texts started a movement for this once unrecognized and even unpopular part of science fiction writing. The Giver tells the story of a post-apocalyptic, gated community, where a boy named Jonas is thrust into a job he had not even ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
January 1, 2016 | 0 comments