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Aunt Harriet

Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold

Brother of the Knight

Brother of the Knight by Debbie Allen

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter

Henry Box Freedom

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

I Am Harriet Tubman

I am Harriet Tubman by Grace Norwich

I Survived

I Survived The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis

Ron Big Mission

Ron’s Big Mission y Rose Blue and Corinne J Naden

Ruth and the Green Book

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

The Prince of Fenway Park

The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott

The Wedding Drama

Wedding Drama by Karen English

Talee Book

Talee and the Fallen Object by Jacquitta A McManus

Thank You Dr MLK

Thank You, Dr MLK, JR! By Eleanora E. Tate

Trouble Don't Last

Trouble don’t last by Shelly Pearsall

In keeping with the celebration of Black History Month, Mymcbooks is giveaway 4 books each to 2 lucky winner. Please list your 4 choices with your comment.

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Winners are #4 – Saba and #1 – MJ

February 1, 2014 Posted by | Black History Month, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Black History Month 2014 Theme – Black History Month: ‘Civil Rights in America’


 Civil Rights in America, commemorating the 50th

Black History Month 2014 Theme – Black History Month: ‘Civil Rights in America’

Black History Month or National African American History Month is an annual celebration of and a time for recognizing achievements by black Americans in U.S. history. Americans have recognized Black History Month annually since 1926. Although blacks have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in history books.


Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who earned a doctorate degree from Harvard, was disturbed to find that history books largely ignored America’s black population. He decided to take on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation’s history. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week. He chose February because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In the mid-1970s, it became Black History Month and ever since, every American president has issued proclamations endorsing Black History Month.


February 1, 2014 Posted by | Black History Month | , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: What Would the Founding Fathers Think?

What Would The Founding Fathers Think


What Would the Founding Fathers Think? A Young American’s Guide to Understanding What Makes Our Nation Great and How We’ve Strayed by David Bowman

ABOUT THE BOOK: With wit, humor, and the occasional serious note, David Bowman brings the founding fathers back to life, showing how they might react to America’s current political pickle. By skillfully illustrating the problems our nation will face and presenting them in an interactive format, this book is bound to bring any teen into the political process. And it’s so much fun adults will want to read it too!

My Review: What would the founding fathers think? This is just the right question anyone would ask due to the country’s current crisis. According to history, the founding fathers signed the constitution forming a nation unlike anything the world had ever known. The founding fathers Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and James Madison inspired by God, created the United States of America and the signed constitution it to protect certain God given rights and offer freedom.

The author listed three facts that every young American needs to realize…

1) The United States of America was and is the greatest nation on Earth. 2) Today the United States of America is in serious trouble. 3) You will inherit the USA and its problems in just a few short years.

Now, if you are a founder of a company you would from time to time visit the company for progress reports. What if the founding fathers could see what is going on in the present day, would they be pleased or not? Well, with wit and humor, and the occasional serious note, the author David Bowman brings the founding fathers back to life in this comic strips book.

Benjamin Franklin invited George Washington and James Madison to see his latest invention, the Fantastic Future Forecaster a time machine which can transport them to the future to see the destiny of America. So they stepped into the time machine and traveled to the 21st century. You can see the excitement on their faces,

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“Have they stayed true to what we intended for this nation? Have they “kept” the Republic we gave them? Have they honored the Constitution and what is stands for?” They couldn’t wait to see as the time machine lands and they open the door and the expression on their faces dropped. They wanted to know what happened to the ideals and principles, have the American people forgotten their roots?


They decided to equip the young generation with knowledge by using what Benjamin calls SKYPE to answer questions by chatting to young people.

They chat about God and Religion leading to Values and Virtues to People Govern Themselves and more. This book may or may not help young people understand why America is great or what has gone wrong with America, but it will inspire them to think what they want their America to become.



Pages: 128

Price: $11.99


FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Mediaguests in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.




David Bowman

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Bowman’s passion is teaching and working with youth. He has taught at a high school level and is a popular youth motivational speaker, traveling around the country to speak at various venues. David is the author/illustrator of several books for young audiences, including the best-selling Who’s Your Hero series. In addition, David is the artist of the Christian art series titled “Expressions of Christ.” David is also passionate about restoring this nation back to its founding principles. Along with authoring this book, he is actively involved with the American Academy for Constitutional Education and other conservative groups. David and his wife, Natalie, and their four children live in Arizona.







June 14, 2013 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog Tour/Book Review: Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor’s Secret.

The Inventor's Secret

Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor’s Secret by Chad Morris

About the Book: Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don’t read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn’t around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar.

Welcome to Crabridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twin siblings Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather’s inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible. But when their grandfather and parents go missing, the twins begin following a trail of clues left by their grandfather. They must out where their family is, learn who they can trust, and discover what secrets are hidden within Cragbridge  Hall.

Abby and Derick soon realize they are caught in a race with a fiece adversary to discover their grandfather’s greatest secret-a dangerous discovery that could alter both history and reality.


My Review: According to the book, Crabridge Hall is a prestigious school where students can view living history watch a ship sail through their classroom, the invention is called the Bridge. This allows the class to watch as history actually happens. A chair used to show literature and unlocks what really goes on inside the human mind, where you can use a devise to find your way around the school grounds and many more. All invented by Oscar Crabridge the grandfather of Abby and Derick who happened to be admitted into this school. While Derick is a genius his twin sister isn’t.

The story is about twins Abby and Derick, the grandchildren of famous inventor Oscar Crabridge. When Oscar Crabridge and the twin’s parents were taken hostage by an old rivalry that needed a mysterious invention that could change the world for better or worse, Abby and Derick must spring into action to find then before its too late.   Their only hope is to follow the clues left by their grandfather. And the clues can only be found by those who remember the lessons of history. If you love time travel or mysteries you will love this book.

256 pages

Price: 17.99

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from Shadow Mountain in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

Chad Morris

About the Author: Chad Morris grew up wanting to become a professional basketball player or a rock star. Neither of those quite panned out. After high school, he wrote and performed sketch comedy while going to college, and eventually he became a teacher and a curriculum writer. He lives in Utah with his wife and five kids.


03/23/13 – Library of Clean Reads

03/26/13 – Fire and Ice Photo

03/27/13 – Rachelle Writes

03/27/13 – Family Literacy 2

03/28/13 – Kristie’s Book Nook

03/29/13 – Molly Mormon

03/30/13 – I Heart Purple Stuff

05/01/13 – Bloggin Bout Books

March 22, 2013 Posted by | Blog Tour, Book Review | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Black History Month 2013 Giveaway Part 2. Ends Feb 28th

The Ear

The year is 2174.  The place is Zimbabwe, Africa.  Three adventurous children escape their parents’ heavily guarded mansion to explore the dangerous world outside.  They soon learn how dangerous it really is.  Tendai, the oldest boy, is their leader, although he worries about being brave enough. Rita, his sister, is an expert at starting fights.  Kuda, his little brother, is willing to try anything. They are quickly enslaved in a plastic mine ruled by the terrifying She Elephant and her army of vlei people. Vlei people have been living in the dump so long they look like piles of trash.  The children flee them to find new perils.  They are pursued by the Ear, the Eye and the Arm, detectives hired by the children’s parents, who always seem to arrive too late. The worst danger of all lies at the top of the Mile High MacIlwaine, a hotel so tall that it sways like a tree in the wind.  For up there are not merely humans, but spirits whose aim is to devour the souls of Zimbabwe.

The Scrapyard

The Scrapyard Detectives. The Scrapyard Detectives are on the case! Join Robert, Jinn and Raymond as they solve the mysteries that affect their community, and learn valuable lessons about teamwork and diversity.

Separate, but Not Equal

A moving history of the struggle of African-Americans for equal education rights from colonial times to the present.

Giveaway (US ONLY)

There will be ONLY 1 Winner

Giveaway Ends February 28th

The winner will be selected via

This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #5 – Lily K

February 14, 2013 Posted by | Black History Month, Free Giveaways | , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: The Stood Alone! 25 Men and Women Who Made a Difference. Ends March 17th

2011 Mom’s Choice Gold Award Recipient: They Stood ALONE! 25 Men and Women Who Made a Difference.

About the Book: Imagine this: For centuries everyone has believed that the sun and all the planets revolve around the earth. But by studying the old books and observing the heavens, you have concluded that the earth and all the other planets revolve around the sun. Your theory is so radical that you are hesitant to tell others about it. Your name is Nicolaus Copernicus. Although at first your beliefs are denounced and ridiculed, your observations are eventually proved correct. In time, you come to be called the founding father of modern astronomy.

Or imagine this: It’s the early 19th century and women have few legal rights. Married women can’t own property, their wages belong to their husbands, and they don’t even have the right of guardianship over their children. You know the laws are unfair, but as a young woman yourself, what can you do? Your name is Elizabeth Cady Stanton. You spend your life fighting for women’s rights, and later many give you credit for being the architect and founder of the Women’s Rights Movement.

Nicolaus Copernicus and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are just two of the twenty-five extraordinary men and women whom you will have a chance to meet in this inspiring book that explores and celebrates people who had the courage to follow their own convictions, even when everyone around them said they were wrong. They were people of vision who saw life from a new perspective and were willing to question conventional wisdom. And their revolutionary breakthroughs changed and shaped the course of history.

My Review: Author Sandra Humphrey introduces us to 25 extraordinary men and women who broke with tradition to explore new ideas and challenge accepted truths.

It’s so great to read about how these men and women from Christopher Columbus who prevailed over all obstacles and distraction and was able to spread European civilization across a significant portion of the earth to the Queen of the Underground Railroad Harriet Tubman who became an abolitionist, a humanitarian and a Union spy. They all made unique contributions that not only change but shaped the course of history.

Read about Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Henry David Thoreau, Clara Barton, Elizabeth Blackwell, Nikola Testa, Booker T. Washington, Marie Curie, Mahatma Gandhi, Orville Wright, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Margaret Mead, Marian Anderson, Margaret Bourke-White, Rachel Carson, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, and Neil Armstrong.

This book will inspire men and women, boys and girls to have their own dreams and to always follow their heart till they attain their dream and make a different.  The layout and writing is simple and easy to read. I highly recommend this book for adults and children and for classroom teaching.

Pages: 176

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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Giveaway Ends March 17th.

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Winner is #1 – Carol L

February 25, 2012 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Black History Month 2012 Giveaway Part 2. Ends Feb 29th

In keeping with the celebration of Black History Month, Mymcbooks is giveaway four books to 1 lucky winner. 


Metal Man by Aaron Reynolds

Sparksliterally fly asDevonmakes the leap from observer to creator. With the help of the Metal Man, canDevonweld a sculpture of his own, or will the scrap metal amount to a pile of junk as his Mom suspects? The unique voice and gritty illustrations capture the urban atmosphere and the heat of the welder’s torch.

Oni’s Good Hair Day

Oni was very excited about going to the Alphabet Kids Afterschool Center for the first time, But when Allegra hurt her feelings, she did not want to go back. What happens the next day? Find out what happens in Oni’s Good Hair Day


Home Now by Lesley Beake

Sieta remembers a happy home far away over the mountains, but now she is living with her Aunty in a place she must call Home Now. Her new home is a busy, friendly place but Sieta can’t seem to smile. One day she meets an orphaned baby elephant at the elephant park, Sieta begins to see things in a different light. This book includes a note about the plight of millions of African children who, just like Sieta, have lost their parents to the AIDS epidemic.

The Dream and the Struggle: Separate but not Equal by Jim Haskins

A moving history of the struggle of African-Americans for equal education rights from colonial times to the present, from the award-winning author of over eighty nonfiction books for young readers.

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Winner is #8 – Kelly L

February 14, 2012 Posted by | Black History Month, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Winner of the Black History Month 2012 Giveaway Part 1.

Congratulations to the following winners.

The Winners were selected using 

#15 – Melissa  L is the Winner of Black History Month 2012 Giveaway

Thanks to all those who took part in this giveaways.

Winners has been notified.

February 14, 2012 Posted by | Black History Month, Giveaway Winners | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Black History Month: Great African-American Fiction: Grades 3-5

Compelling characters and interesting tales are perfect reads for Black History Month or any time of year.

Abby Takes a Stand

by Patricia McKissack

Gee recalls for her grandchildren what happened in 1960 in Nashville, Tennessee, when she, aged ten, passed out flyers while her cousin and other adults held sit-ins at restaurants and lunch counters to…

Scraps of Time series: book 1

Circle of Gold

by Candy Dawson Boyd

Mattie is determined to get her mother a beautiful gold pin for Mother’s Day, even though she has not saved enough money and has just lost her job.

Freedom Crossing

by Margaret Goff Clark

A young Southern girl finds her loyalties challenged when she returns to her home in the North and discovers her father and brother have been helping runaway slaves.

Gloria’s Way

by Ann Cameron

This delightful collection of short stories centers on Gloria’s adventures with her friends Julian, Huey, and Latisha. Parrots, squirrels, and fractions plague Gloria and her friends, but Gloria finds…

Koya Delaney and the Good Girl Blues

by Eloise Greenfield

Koya Delaney, an eleven-year-old African-American girl, has trouble expressing anger until her cousin, a popular male singer, comes to town.

More Than Anything Else

by Marie Bradby

Nine-year-old Booker works with his father and brother at the saltworks but dreams of the day when he’ll be able to read.

February 4, 2012 Posted by | Black History Month | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Black History Month 2012: History of Black Education

Washington and DuBois

Immediately following the Civil War, African Americans were faced with great discrimination and suffering. The newly free slaves were faced with the dilemma of carving a niche in a society that once regarded them as nothing more than property. During this period, two figures emerged as the preeminent leaders of two different philosophical camps. Booker T. Washington of Virginiaand William Edward Burghardt DuBois of Massachusetts, held two very different proposals regarding the best way for African Americans to improve their situations. While their methods may have differed, both of these remarkable men had a common goal in the uplift of the black community.

Born in Franklin County, Virginia in the mid-1850s, Booker T. Washington spent his early childhood in slavery. Following emancipation, Washington (like many Blacks) felt that a formalized education was the best way to improve his living standards. Due to social segregation, the availability of education for blacks in was fairly limited. In response, Washington traveled to Hampton Institute where he undertook industrial education. At Hampton, his studies focused on the acquisition of industrial or practical working skills as opposed to the liberal arts. Because of his experiences at Hampton, Washington went on to become an educator as well as an adamant supporter of industrial education, ultimately founding the Tuskegee Normal and Agricultural Institute. Washington felt that the best way for blacks to stabilize their future was to make themselves an indispensable faction of society by providing a necessity. “The individual who can do something that the world wants done will, in the end, make his way regardless of his race” (Washington 155).

As a Southerner himself,Washington was familiar with the needs of southern blacks as well as the treatment that they received.Washington stressed that Blacks should stop agitating for voting and civil rights not only in exchange for economic gains and security, but also for reduced anti-black violence. As such, his philosophies were more popular amongst southern blacks than northern blacks.Washington also garnered a large following from both northern and southern whites. Northern whites appreciated his efforts in a time when they were growing increasingly weary of the race problem; one that they associated with the South. Southern whites appreciated his efforts, because they perceived them as a complete surrender to segregation and self-uplift.

February 3, 2012 Posted by | Black History Month | , , | 1 Comment


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