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“Beauty’s” Top 5 Inspirational Children’s Books

Happy Fairytale Friday!

First and foremost, we are dedicating today’s “tips” blog on this lovely Fairytale Friday to our darling & intelligent “Beauty” Character who is having her royal grand entrance at Southwood Grace Bible Campus! Be sure to check out our Blog on Magical Monday for pictures and details on the event!

Now, “Beauty” is an avid reader. She spends her time enraptured in her latest novels about adventure, action, and invention.  She yearns and seeks to gain knowledge of the world and the people in it, and inspires others to actively enjoy and appreciate the ability to educate ourselves. One of my favorite quotes she embraces is “I want so much more than they’ve got planned”. “Beauty” wants to see, do, and know more than just what’s right in front of her, and we want our Little Princesses at our parties & events to feel motivated to strive for those same aspirations!

Well, “Beauty” gave us her Top 5 Favorite Children’s Books that inspire her with the motto: live to learn! It’s important for children to understand that their are so many different cultures in this “great, wide somewhere”, and welcome with open arms our beautiful, melting pot despite all the recent streams of hate happening around us.

Below are the images (clickable to purchase!) and brief summaries! We hope you enjoy them as much as “Beauty!” Book her for your next magical occasion; maybe she can read one of this books to your kids!

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

 

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The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin, David Shannon. This moving adaptation of the classic children’s story Cinderella tells how a disfigured Algonquin girl wins the heart of a mysterious being who lives by the lake near her village. The powerful Invisible Being is looking for a wife, and all the girls in the village vie for his affections. But only the girl who proves she can see him will be his bride. The two beautiful but spoiled daughters of a poor village man try their best to be chosen, but it is their Rough-Face-Girl sister, scarred on her face and arms from tending fires, who sees the Invisible Being in the wonder of the natural world.
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The Sandwich Swap by Rania Al Abdullah, Kelly DiPucchio, Tricia Tusa (Illustrator).  Lily and Salma are best friends. They like doing all the same things, and they always eat lunch together. Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus–but what’s that between friends? It turns out, a lot. Before they know it, a food fight breaks out. Can Lily and Salma put aside their differences? Or will a sandwich come between them? The smallest things can pull us apart–until we learn that friendship is far more powerful than difference. In a glorious three-page gatefold at the end of the book, Salma, Lily, and all their classmates come together in the true spirit of tolerance and acceptance.
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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Esperanza thought she’d always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico–she’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances–Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it.
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The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. The setting takes place in a big snowy city in and begins in main character Peters bedroom, as he awakens too discover that snow has fallen during the night. He celebrates this day by putting on his red snow suit after breakfast and heading outside for an adventure. When he gets outside he finds snow that is piled high. Peter makes a snowman, snow angels, and pretends to be a mountain climber. As Peter discovers these new ways to enjoy the snow he encounters issues and learns how to deal with the changing problems that confront children as they grow up. For instance, when Peter first makes his way out of the house he comes across older kids having a snowball fight. Peter about four years old realizes that he should not try to join in on this activity with bigger children when he is knocked down by a stray snowball. Before Peter makes his way back inside he packs a snowball and puts it in his pocket. That night he has a dream that the sun came out and melted all the snow, but when he wakes up he finds that it has snowed again. He then makes his way back outside into the snow for another adventure.

“We promote Intelligence, Curiosity, Hope, Kindness, Faith, Adventure, and Dreams in ALL of our Princes & Princesses! We are more than just a picture, we are a real life example of pure magic.”

with sparkles & magic,

Princess Sarah

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