A Wrinkle in Time – Why this Movie Matters So Much

Frederick Douglass once said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”  I have thought about this statement a lot lately as we witness children leading a movement to create a better and safer world for themselves and for all of us.  But how do we build strong children?

There’s Somebody in My Room: Book Review

What could possibly go wrong when you leave a child with a vivid imagination all alone in his bedroom at night? Apparently a lot can happen before sleep finally takes over that active brain :). In this fun book, a 6-year-old boy is in bed at night, evidently in preparation for bedtime. However, curiosity, an…

Multicultural Children’s Books About Sunday Dinner

I am perfectly serious when I say a lot of challenges in multiracial and multicultural families are solved with food.  Food is the ultimate comfort in difficult or stressful times. That immediate connection to those familiar smells makes you feel right at home and less likely to feel isolated.  For today’s column, I want to…

Book Review – Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Swing Time: A Novel by Zadie Smith I am often nervous to read wildly famous books. I fear I have to spend a lot of time explaining myself, if I find I did not enjoy the book. This is based on the assumption that everyone I meet is eager to hear me talk at length…

You’re Welcome, Universe

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner Synopsis: When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural. Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with…

Beautiful Rainbow World

The 78 pages of this photography book are just as beautiful as the cover. Every page features little boys and girls from different countries, some of them in their traditional clothes.