Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hidden gems: The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen by Thelma Godin, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Feliz Tuesday everyone! 
What better way to enjoy the fall weather than by grabbing a good book and reading? 
This week we will be reading The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen written by Thelma Godin and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.

 Kameeka has the hula-hoopin’ itch and wants to finally beat Jamara and claim the title of Hula Hoopin’ Queen of 139th Street. Just as she is about to head out she is reminded by her mother of Miz Adeline’s birthday. Miz Adeline is like a grandmother to Kameeka. Should Kameeka get everything ready for Miz Adeline’s birthday party or go challenge Jamara for the hula hoopin’ crown?

There are several reasons I love this book. Like many other Lee & Low titles that focus on diversity , it features a strong female that is African American. Kameeka not only has spirit but is also relatable to any child that has ever had to choose between doing something for others or doing what they want to do. Thelma Godin also is able to show through Kameeka’s story how similar we can really be between generations as we find that Miz Adeline herself has the hula hoopin’ itch. Add the way Vanessa Brantley-Newton is able to capture the essence of Harlem in her vivid illustrations and you get a great book that is sure to give all who read it the urge to grab a hula hoop and join in the fun.

Love this book as much as we do?
On Thursday, October 16th from 4:00pm-6:00pm we will be having our annual Educator Open House. Jill Eisenburg, a Literacy Specialist from Lee & Low Books Inc. speak about how to integrate more diverse books into the classroom. 
Join us! Register for the free event via email: schools.lacasaazul@gmail.com 

- Galia, School Programs Coordinator


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