Monday, April 23, 2012

Cradle Me - review by Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird has written a rave review for "Cradle Me" and includes, "My Face Book" and "Babies,Babies" as well. "Cradle Me by Debby Slier – Finally, a face book. Star Bright Books has done a heckuva job with diversity in their board books lately. Last year’s My Face Book was particularly well done, showing a child with down syndrome amongst all the other kids. And Babies, Babies! by Debby Slier is unique because without making a big point about it, all the children in this book are African-American. Cradle Me is one of the more interesting titles, featuring different tribes of Native American babies with their own distinct cradle boards. One of these babies could be seen in the previously published board book Global Babies where she looked particularly grumpy. She’s not much cheerier here and indeed most of the babies in the book seem kinda dour at first. That’s probably a lot to do with how young they are. The back of the book explains each tribe that each child is from, which was good. More to the point, the small fry in my household is gaga over this book. She’ll read it on her own if you hand it to her and that, as far as I’m concerned, is the mark of a good book. Best of all, it has the Debbie Reese seal of approval." Thank you, Elizabeth!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Face Book selected one of the Best Books for Babies 2012!

A dad carrying a baby on his front was slowing down when he passed by our booth. I was standing right there, and exchanged a cheerful good morning with the baby. She seemed to be excited to see a lot of books, so I grabbed a copy of “My Face Book,” and showed the pages to her. Excited, the baby’s little arms were flapping like a bird’s wings, so too, her little legs were flailing. I could tell that she was so delighted to see all the babies’ faces, and (imagine) her saying to the babies in the book, “nice to meet you! What a charming person you are!”
I often look into this book. So precious, these faces inspire you to promote world peace (really, I felt that way!).
I am very pleased to tell you that “My Face Book” was selected as one of the Best Books for Babies 2012! The selection committee said:
“Crisp clear photographs of babies—smiling, frowning, yawning, silly and serious—are sure to capture the attention of young listeners who’ll likely return again and again to study the delightfully diverse faces found in this slim board book.”
Haven’t seen the book yet? Don’t miss it. I know you and your little ones will just fall in love with these babies.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


What are we about?

We’re bringing together people who share our love of reading to help us get books in the hands of kids who need them most. The movement recognizes the incredible effect books can have on a child’s imagination, sparking ambition, overcoming obstacles and inspiring curious minds.

RIF, the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, delivers free books and literacy resources to kids who need them most. For many of the kids RIF serves, their RIF books are their only books. They are the books that fill their hungry minds and nourish their future successes – in school and life. Since RIF’s establishment in 1966, we’ve provided 35 million kids with 400 million new, free books. Today, there are 16 million kids living in poverty in the U.S. To reach them, RIF needs you. Book People Unite.

The nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress seeks to spark imagination and creativity, and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Founded in 1800, the Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site, in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill, and through its award-winning website at The Library of Congress is the home of the Center for the Book, a major national force for reading and literacy promotion, and sponsor of the award-winning

Reading lovers are coming together to help us get books into the hands of kids who need them the most. Remember visiting Narnia, playing Jumanji, and eating Green Eggs and Ham? Books can have an incredible effect on children’s lives, yet there’s only one book for every 300 kids living in underserved communities in the U.S. So we’ve brought together some of our most beloved literary characters to help make this film and rally Book People for the cause.