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Black History Month 2015 Theme: A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture


Black History Month 2015 Theme: A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture

Over the past century, African American life, history, and culture have become major forces in the United States and the world. In 1915, few could have imagined that African Americans in music, art, and literature would become appreciated by the global community. Fewer still could have predicted the prominence achieved by African Americans, as well as other people of African descent, in shaping world politics, war, and diplomacy. Indeed, it was nearly universally believed that Africans and people of African descent had played no role in the unfolding of history and were a threat to American civilization itself. A century later, few can deny the centrality of African Americans in the making of American history.

This transformation is the result of effort, not chance. Confident that their struggles mattered in human history, black scholars, artists, athletes, and leaders self-consciously used their talents to change how the world viewed African Americans. The New Negro of the post-World War I era made modernity their own and gave the world a cornucopia of cultural gifts, including jazz, poetry based on the black vernacular, and an appreciation of African art. African American athletes dominated individual and team sports transforming baseball, track-and-field, football, boxing, and basketball. In a wave of social movements, African American activism transformed race relations, challenged American foreign policy, and became the American conscience on human rights. http://asalh100.org/black-history-themes/2015-theme/

 

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Contributions by African-Americans to art, literature, sports and pop culture.

The theme for Black History Month in 2015 is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture”. chronicling the important contributions by African-Americans to art, literature, sports and pop culture. In the early 20th century, the rise of a totally new form of music — jazz — can be traced back to African Americans of the post-World War I generation. This was closely followed by the Harlem Renaissance that introduced the voices of African American writers and artists to the national conversation. By the 1960’s, the African American museum movement saw the opening of nationwide centers exhibiting the advances made by African Americans in art, history, and science — culminating in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Doo wop, rock n’ roll, and hip hop can all trace their roots to the African American experience. Legendary sports figures, as well as artists, musicians, actors and actresses also have undeniably contributed to American culture as their influence continues to spread worldwide.

http://www.chiff.com/education/black-history-month.htm

 

 

Black History 2015

National African American History Month Item: B15A Prices $6.25 size 18 X 24 inches Theme: A Century of Black Life, History and Culture

List of Persons

1. Barack Obama , 2. Michelle Obama, 3. Lewis Latimer, 4. George Carruthers, 5. Bessie Coleman, 6. Sojourner Truth  7. Billie Holiday, 8. Ella Fitzgerald, 9. George Washington Carver, 10. Rosa Parks, 11. Martin Luher King Jr.  12. Louis Armstrong, 13. Benjamin Banneker, 14. Shirley Jackson, 15. Ray Brown, 16. Benjammin O. Davis Jr.  17. Mary Mcleod Bethune.
There are three generic persons representing members of the American Armed Forces.

http://www.diversitystore.com/ds/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_ID=1887

 

 

 

 

February 7, 2015 Posted by | Black History Month | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Author/Book Spotlight. Giveaway: The Dreamer’s Lotus: Book One of The Lucidity Series. Ends Feb 20th


DreamersLotus_BookLayout_Full_Brighter The Dreamer’s Lotus: Book One of The Lucidity Series by Mike Dickenson What if you could speak directly to nature? What if it spoke back? A young outcast followed by crows finds a flower in the forest one night – it is the Dreamer’s Lotus, a powerful hallucinogen that opens the mind to the meanings of the symbols. This can be helpful, especially when you live in a world where everything is symbolic. Corvus suspects the Elders of The White Village have rewritten the meanings of the symbols somehow. They say the forest is a perilous place, a land of madness and illusion. They might be right, after-all, inexplicable things have been seen there… They say the boy is a bad omen, part of a prophecy that will destroy the village. Only a brave and curious girl is willing to help him, even though she knows he is playing a dangerous game. If Corvus finds what he is seeking they will kill him, but he has to know the truth. Why is he the only one who can hear the voices in the forest and why is he followed by the most feared sign of all? The Dreamer’s Lotus holds the answers, but if he consumes it, the crows will be the least of his concerns. Pages: 206 Cost: $12.89 @ amazon For reviews visit Amazon.com   Mike+Dickenson   About the Author: My biggest shifts in writing have come to me during times of tremendous inner-change. Most of this change has been self-induced and has almost always involved travel. After graduating with a degree in English Education at Montana State University, I left Elko, Nevada on a hitchhiking adventure which would culminate in Argentina almost two years later. This journey gave me a much needed perspective about our world and where we are going, both globally and individually. My experiences have shown me that humanity yearns for positive change, that people are inherently good, and that anything is possible. Our perception of the world can transform our reality before our eyes, and it is this message that permeates my novels and films. My writing is part satire, part literature, part humor, part parable. In an effort to change this world for the better, I strive to create works of fiction that both inspire and captivate others to find their truest potential. http://www.mikedickenson.com/author/

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Winner is #3 Carol L

February 6, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Author/Book Spotlight. Giveaway: Paddling to Winter


Paddling to Winter

Paddling to Winter by Julie Buckles

About the Book: A Couple’s Wilderness Journey from Lake Superior to the Canadian North.

Julie Buckles and Charly Ray built a wood and canvas canoe, exchanged marriage vows, and paddled away from their front yard, planning to travel 2,700 miles to the Arctic Ocean and winter over in a tiny cabin. What a honeymoon! Told in Julie’s page-turning style, their story is full of humor and humility, rapids and relationships, love and life.

 

Visit Amazon for full review or goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18060322-paddling-to-winter

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Raven Productions, Inc (September 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983518920
  • Paperback $13.50 on amazon

Julie Buckles

About the Author: Julie Buckles was born in the driftless region of Wisconsin and raised on a 47-acre dairy farm. She now lives near Washburn with her husband, Charly (spoiler alert, they are still together), two children and a team of Siberian huskies. She studied history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Buckles has worked as a reporter and freelance writer and as an adjunct professor at Northland College, where she currently works in the communications office as the public and media relations specialist. She is a regular contributor to Lake Superior Magazine and WPR’s Wisconsin Life. “Paddling to Winter: A Couple’s Wilderness Journey from Lake Superior to Northern Canada” was published in September 2013 and was recently awarded the Next Generation Indie Award, the Independent Publishers Award, the Foreword Book of the Year in Adventure and the Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award for cover design.  http://www.juliebuckles.com/p/presentations.html

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Giveaway Ends Feb 20th, 2015

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February 4, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: My Yellow Balloon. Ends Feb 20th


My Big Yellow Balloon

My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge, illustrated by Erwin Madrid

About the Book: It all started at the carnival. That is where Joey makes a new friend: a bright yellow balloon. Joey and his beloved balloon do everything together, until the balloon accidentally slips off Joeys wrist and flies far, far away. What will Joey do without his special friend? Tiffany Papageorge has crafted a poignant tale of love, loss, and letting go that will serve as a comforting guide to children who are navigating the complicated emotions of grief. Rich, luminous illustrations by Erwin Madrid perfectly capture these timeless themes, making them accessible to even the youngest reader. Honest, unflinching, and ultimately reassuring, this book will resonate with anyone who has endured the darkness of grief, while offering hope for brighter days ahead.

My Review: This is a story about a boy dealing with the loss of his favorite Balloon. It also gives an insight to the meaning of grief and loss, and how children handle both.

The carnival had come to town and Joey was so excited that his parents could barely keep up with him. Then he saw hundreds of big, bright balloons and couldn’t wait to get one. The balloon man handled him a big bright yellow balloon with a string tied to Joey’s wrist. Joey spent every moment with the balloon playing until one day the balloon slipped off his wrist and floated away. He called for his big bight yellow to come back and watch it as it disappeared into the sky. Joey was angry, confused and sad for days and wish this balloon would come back. Not even a new toy will make him happy until…. You will have to buy the book to see if there was a happy ending.

This is a great book to help children with situations like this whether it’s their favorite toy, pet or a loss of a love one.

The illustrations by Erwin Madrid are wonderfully beautiful, bright and bold. The brightness of the colors help tells the happy days and the dark gray colors, the not so happy days which general help tell the story and bring it to life. I highly recommend this book for school libraries.

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

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48 pages

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Winner is #3 – Lavonne Yates

January 30, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)


My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)

 

My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)

About the Book: My Little Life of Jesus introduces the story of Jesus’ life to 3-to 5-year-olds. It follows Jesus from His birth, being baptized by John, meeting the disciples and teaching them how to pray, telling His stories to people in nearby towns and villages, right through to His return to the heavenly Father. Illustrated throughout with adorable artwork from a popular Candle Books artist, there is also a map included to show the land where Jesus lived. This padded hardcover comes complete with a presentation page for gift or award giving.

 

My Review: My Little Life of Jesus is a story about the birth of Jesus to his death and resurrection. The contents starts with the very first Christmas, I will say the birth of Jesus since He was not born on Christmas day.   The accounts of Mary been visited by an angel, giving birth in Bethlehem and visited by the three wise men who brought him gifts.

Learn why Jesus came, not only to heal the sick but to spread the word of God. There’s a page in the book that shows a map of where Jesus lived, from Bethlehem, to Jerusalem, Jericho, Galilee, Nazareth and many more until his death.

I liked that the book gave more detail story about the life of Jesus unlike some others. I also liked the added scriptures to the story. The illustrations are bright and colorful which will make it easy for kids to read.

Overall, a great book by the author Karen Williamson.

 

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

January 26, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: The Best Part of a Sauna by Sheryl Peterson


The Best Part of Sauna

The Best Part of a Sauna by Sheryl Peterson

About the Book: A youngster is enjoying a summer evening with Grandma and Grandpa at the family lakeshore cabin. From gathering kindling, to building the fire in the old sauna stove to taking a traditional Finnish sauna, this book includes all the memory-making parts of a typical summer night on a north woods lake. It’s a book to be enjoyed by all generations.

 

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About the Author: Sheryl Peterson grew up in the farming region of southern Minnesota. Now she lives “Up North” on the MN/Canadian border where long winters make good writing time. Sheryl was a elementary reading and writing teacher for many years before becoming a full-time writer.
She is the author of 22 non-fiction books for middle grade readers. The Egyptian Pyramids, Empire State Building,and dinosaurs are some of her subjects. Her twelve books on U.S. states received a starred review from Library Media Connection. She’s also happy to announce that her first picture book will be out soon.
Sheryl enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for writing at young author conferences and school visits. When she’s not writing or reading, Sheryl likes to ski, swim, take saunas, and travel.

 

 

My Review: This is a fun story about a boy and his reason for being in the sauna. While at his grand parent’s cabin, he couldn’t wait to go to the sauna. He goes into the woods to gather dry twigs, fallen tree bark and birch branches to take to the little house where the sauna is. While he stuffs the stove with kindling, his grandpa lights the stove. While they waited for the sauna to get hot they decided to do some activities.

For him, building the fire was fun. Being warm and toasty was not the best part of a sauna. Waiting for it to get hot wasn’t the best part of a sauna. Loving a chilly swim was fun, but still not the best part of a sauna. The best part of a sauna for him was snuggling between his Nana and Gramps.

Interesting read! It also gives a belief description of sauna in the last page of the book. The illustrations by Kelly Dupre help tell the story.

 

 

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

 

 

January 19, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

5th Annual Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop. 2015


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5th Annual Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

January 16th to 26th

Co-hosted by Reviews by I’m A Reader

There will be 1 winner for this Hop USA ONLY

You have to be a subscriber to enter

Prize Pack is 3 Children’s books.

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Weather: Whipping Up a Storm! (Basher)

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Planet Earth: What Planet Are You On?

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Dinosaurs: The Bare Bones (Basher)

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This giveaway close at midnight on January 26th and the winners will be selected at random.org and post January 27th 2015.

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Thanks to all that took part in this giveaway.

Winner is #31 – Seyma Shabbir

January 15, 2015 Posted by | Free Giveaways, Giveaway Hops | , , , , , | 37 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: The Phony Farkleberry #1. Ends Jan 31st


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The Phony Farkleberry (Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives #1)  by Michael Scott Miller

 

About the Book: When a painting by legendary artist Thomas Farkleberry is stolen from the art gallery where Tyler’s mother works, Tyler’s mind races to the whispered conversation he overheard on the night of the big gala. But when his mother dismisses Tyler’s suspicions, he and his friends, Melanie, Amanda, Tubby, and Dontrelle, decide to take the investigation into their own hands. Can they crack the case before their parents discover what they are up to?

http://www.michaelscottmillerauthor.com/

 

My Review: The author, Michael Scott Miller, does a good being descriptive in each chapter of the book to enable young readers understand the story.  I also like the diversity in the main characters which is needed in more stories for our youth. A mystery develops when a forgery is discovered at the local art museum. The schoolmates turned detectives set out to solve the mystery.  Each friend utilizes their unique strength to help. There was several questionable methods in which some of the kids gathered information to solve the mystery, like hacking into the network.  Overall, a good story.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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About the Author: Michael Scott Miller says there is no greater compliment than when his readers say they became emotionally invested in his characters.

Michael found the inspiration for his first novel, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers, from the talented but poor musicians that stake out territories and collect change from passersby in the subways of Philadelphia. This story of a band, cobbled together from down-and-out musicians, has been described as “a lesson in persistence, perseverance, salesmanship, and faith,” and as “a fun, feel good story.”

In Michael’s second novel, The Book of Sylvia, a city girl from London and a priest in rural England confront their inner demons as they attempt to solve a mystery together. This novel  has been described as “a journey of self-discovery cloaked in a mystery,” and “a wonderfully  fun tale.”

Following these two novels, Michael decided to pursue a dream of creating a book series for children.  This creative journey led to the release of the first three books in the Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives series.  Along the way, Michael developed a deep bond with his characters–Amanda, Melanie, Dontrelle, Tubby, and Tyler–and he is excited about taking them on more adventures. To read more click on the link http://www.michaelscottmillerauthor.com/about-the-author.html

 

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Giveaway Ends Jan 31st, 2015

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

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Winner is #1 – Colleen

Thanks to all those that took part in this giveaway.

January 12, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 29 Comments

Thank You!


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Dear Friends/Followers/Readers/Authors,

As we say good bye to 2014, I will like to say a big thank you for showing your support to Mymcbooks Blog. Thank you for giving your time to read the book reviews and taking part in the giveaways and giving great comments.

In 2014, Mymcbooks Blog won one award and no matter what the award is someone is taking notice of Mymcbooks Blog….LOL!

This year due to two surgeries I was unable to review a lot of more books. I reviewed 76 books and given 257 books as giveaways with the help some of the authors and publishers.

In August, Mymcbooks was able to giveaway school supplies free to families.

I would personally like to thank all those who have helped to promote my blog via Facebook, twitter and pinterest.

What a blessed year this has been.

Thanks again for your support and I pray you all have a blessed New Year 2015.

2014 in Review – https://mymcbooks.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/2014-in-review/

 

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Thank you everyone and Happy New Year!

Ella

December 31, 2014 Posted by | Mymcbooks | | 14 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Return to Fern Valley. Ends Jan 15th


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About the Book: The Fern Valley Kids are back in twelve new and exciting adventures. Join Mildred and Roberta Cornstalk as they discover a clue hidden inside a library book. Peek into the window of a secret cottage with the lovely Betsy Woolrich. Find out what Jason Curlytail builds from a box, what Alice Redfeather does when she gets locked out of the house, or how Nathan Gruff copes with the news of a new baby.
My Review: Return to Fern Valley is a collection of short stories relating to the animals that live in Fern Valley. You have Roberta and Mildred Cornstalk who are curious chicken by nature and love to read, Betsy Woolrich a cheerful little sheep, Jason Curlytail who comes from a large family of diverse pigs, and many more. This is a book children will enjoy reading. Follow these wonderful animals as some of them discover hidden clue inside a library book and can’t wait to solve it. While Betsy is pleased that her new home would still be near all of her friends. And many more stories.

I love the exciting details and imagination of each story. This is a book that teaches valuable lesson. It is full of stories that children can relate too. I highly recommend this book for children starting to read chapter books.

 

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

 

 

 

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There will be 1 winner  

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends Jan 15th, 2015

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

Mandatory: Leave a comment about the review below. Leaving a helpful comment relating to this book would be appreciated and valid to the giveaway.

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If no response, the prize is forfeited and an alternate winner is chosen.

This Giveaway Has Ended!

Winner is #1 – Brenda

December 29, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

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