The 41st board book in our collection ultimately underwhelms.
This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer by Joan Holub, illustrated by Daniel Roode.
Little Simon, Simon and Schuster, New York, 2017.
Nonfiction board book, 24 pages.
Lexile: not leveled
AR Reader: 4.6 (worth 0.5 points) .
A board book about ten empowering women’s lives.
This has been one of the most difficult board books for me to review. For many I have a fairly strong opinion, or at least one of our children does, so there is a bit of a guideline. If this was one of our first board books, I might have liked it better. But this is our 41st board book, and the general reaction of our family has been indifference.
Just one big caveat before using this early reader in a school library or classroom.
Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story by Ruby Bridges.
Scholastic, Cartwheel Books, New York, 2009.
Early reader (Scholastic Level 2) non-fiction with photographs, 30 pages.
AR Level: 2.5 (worth 0.5 points)
This is a nonfiction early reader about the life of Ruby Bridges, written by her. This book covers her historic integration of the William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana, as well as some information about reactions to the integration and her later life (particularly a reunion with her teacher).
It’s not entirely clear whether she wrote an entirely new book or simplified her book In My Eyes for a younger reading audience, however she is attributed with both the text and the photo compilation, so until I read the other book, I’m going to assume these are two separate works.
Most of the children’s non-fiction books about African-American history tend to be aimed at second grade on up. There are, of course, many picture books intended to be read aloud by an adult, but most of the basic early readers are predominately white. This sets up the disturbing standard of the “white default” early in life.