Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson, Illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler

Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson and illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler is the biography of Wangari Maathai who won the Novel Peace Prize in 2004 for her environmental activism which included founding The Green Belt Movement which teaches people to take care of the environment by planting trees, recycling, and seeking alternative energy [...]

First Come the Zebra by Lynne Barasch

Kenya is the beautiful location for a great migration of animals coming in from neighboring Tanzania.  Each animal including the zebra, which comes first, the wildebeest, and the gazelle’s take just what they need from the land.  By sharing the land there will be plenty for all and peace among the grazers.  It is this [...]

Year of No Rain by Alice Mead

Year of No Rain by Alice Mead is a story of children and civil war.  So right away you know it’s a sad book.  But yet it’s one of hope, determination and optimism. Eleven-year-old Stephen Majok lives in a small Sudanese village.  When he is not playing with his friends he tends his family’s two [...]

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer was simply inspiring.  One of those books that I knew I would like if I just took the time to sit down with it.  And one that I wouldn’t have been aware of had it not been [...]

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Little Bee by Chris Cleave is going to be one of my favorite books this year.  Hands down one of the BEST books that I have read in a while. I first noticed Little Bee when it was first released a year ago because how could I ignore a cover like that?  As soon as [...]