A baby book highlighting the life of Anandi Gopal Joshi, the first Indian woman to receive a western medical degree and a trailblazer for women's rights and education.
The second board book in the Our Legendary Ladies series, this board book introduces tiny readers (ages birth – 4 and up) to Anandi Gopal Joshi. Born on March 31, 1865, Anandi Gopal Joshi was one of the first Indian female physicians.
Joshi was married at the age of just nine, which was common in 19th century India, to a man 20 years older than her. She gave birth to their first child when she was 14, but her baby son died 10 days later due to a lack of medical care for women. The death of her son served as her motivation to study medicine.
During a time when it was unthinkable for a woman to get an education, Anandi defied the odds and came to America to study medicine at the Women’s College of Philadelphia. She later returned to India and received special recognition and congratulations from Queen Victoria. Anandi dreamed of opening a medical college for women, but due to an early death from tuberculosis on 26 February, 1887, her dream was never realized. She died at the age of 21.
In 1997, a crater on the planet Venus was named after Anandi by the International Astronomical Union. She is one of the few notable to receive this honor.
Although Anandi’s life was short lived and she is lesser-known, she was a true inspiration and pioneer of her time.
About the Our Legendary Ladies Book Series The books are written by Megan Callea and illustrated by Jennifer Howard. For each featured lady in this book series, a leading historian signs off on the final version of the book. Each book is well researched and fact checked for accuracy. In addition, for each book purchased, a portion of the proceeds, and books, will be donated to these non-profits: Bright by Three, Jumpstart and Operation Showers of Appreciation. Following Anandi Gopal Joshi, future Our Legendary Ladies books will include Sacagawea, Amelia Earhart and Anne Frank.
Inside the cozy house, a baby has arrived! The world is eager to meet the newcomer, but there will be time enough for that later. Right now, the family is on its babymoon: cocooning, connecting, learning, and muddling through each new concern. While the term “babymoon” is often used to refer to a parents’ getaway before the birth of a child, it was originally coined by midwives to describe days like these: at home with a newborn, with the world held at bay and the wonder of a new family constellation unfolding. Paired with warm and winsome illustrations by Juana Martinez-Neal, Hayley Barrett’s lyrical ode to these tender first days will resonate with new families everywhere.
Have you ever been on a babymoon? Do you even know what a babymoon is?
a relaxing or romantic vacation taken by parents-to-be before (or after) their baby is born.
Essentially, a babymoon is sort of like a honeymoon, only it happens after you confirm that you are pregnant and expecting a baby, and before (or after) the baby arrives.
My husband and I didn’t go on a babymoon before or after having either of our children. Why? Because I had no idea this was even a THING! Now that I know the definition of what a babymoon is and especially after reading this beautiful book, it ALMOST makes me want to go and make another baby! Seriously though, as far as I’m concerned, my baby making days are over, but thanks to Babymoon I can live vicariously through these gorgeous illustrations and imagine what a babymoon might be like.
In this rhyming book, readers meet a sweet family (a biracial family of color) who decide to go on a secluded babymoon with their newborn baby. The baby is gender neutral which was a purposeful decision. I love that the family chose to take their babymoon AFTER baby arrived along with their pet cat and dog in tow as a way for them all to bond as a family.
As first-time parents, they have so much to learn about caring for a new baby. From changing diapers to nursing to building trust. If you are a parent then you know having a child changes the family dynamic dramatically. The baby becomes the center of attention from the moment he/she arrives.
I like how the parents in this book are investing time and space to be together as a family unit away from home. It gives me hope these parents will walk into parenthood more connected than ever.
Newborns should be spending the vast majority of their time in the arms of their mothers and fathers and that’s exactly what this book shows. And since they were away from their home, they won’t have to worry about being their baby bombarded with the smells of other family members, friends or neighbors. All of that can be confusing to a new baby, especially when they are still learning to nurse. Babies are primal little creatures and rely on their nose to guide them.
Although this babymoon getaway is blissful, it is peppered with a bit of anxiety as the parents look like they’re trying to decipher baby’s cries. This shows the reality of parenthood and how tough it can be at times having a newborn.
Here together. So much to learn. We muddle through each new concern.
The illustrations in Babymoon will take your breath away and make you feel the love these parents have for their baby. I think this is some of Juana Martinez-Neal’s best work to date. Each illustration is so tranquil infused with gentle and loving tenderness. A definite must-have for newborn parents or parents-to-be. Add this one to your baby shower gift giving list!
Your turn: Seasoned parents, what tips or advice would you offer a new family to help them get through the first couple of weeks? Please share your wisdom in the comments below!
About the Author
Hayley Barrett wrote BABYMOON to encourage growing families to take time together to rest and fall in love. Once an aspiring nurse-midwife, she honors the arrival of any child, whether newborn or older, by birth or by adoption, as a momentous event. Hayley lives in eastern Massachusetts.
The first dedicated collection of seminal speeches by women from around the world, So Here I Am is about women at the forefront of change – within politics, science, human rights and media; discussing everything from free love, anti-war, scientific discoveries, race, gender and women's rights. From Emmeline Pankhurst's 'Freedom or Death' speech and Marie Curie's trailblazing Nobel lecture, to Michelle Obama speaking on parenthood in politics and Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza's stirring ode to black women, the words collected here are empowering, engaging and inspiring. With powerful illustrations from Camila Pinheiro, this anthology of outspoken women throughout history is essential reading for anyone who believes that change is not only possible, it is necessary.
Published just in time for Women’s History Month, So Here I Am is an inspiring, and beautifully illustrated book of empowering speeches about women who have broken boundaries and achieved their dreams.
As the book introduction states,
These are speeches that started revolutions, both the kind that take place in the public square – in mass demonstrations and violent clashes – and the quieter kind, which take place in the mind. These are speeches that should be remembered.
I can honestly say prior to reading this book, I wasn’t familiar with many of the speeches featured in this book. Throughout the book you’ll find speeches given by famous scientists, activists, novelists, politicians, suffragists, prime ministers, First Ladies and modern day CEOs. It was refreshing to see the anthology’s exploration of women in fields like science and business that are sometimes not represented in other books of its kind.
For each woman featured, there is a brief summary of her personal story, struggles, and successes, including how they got to where they are now if they are still living. In essence, So Here I Amshares, explores, and celebrates the strong women out there who have worked or are currently working to pave the way for women. This book gave me the confidence and encouragement to go out and do the same.
Here are a few snippets of some of my favorite quotes from the book:
Servern Cullis-Suzuki Environmental Activist
In my anger, I am not blind, and in my fear, I am not afraid of telling the world how I feel.
Toni Morrison Novelist
Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence…
Cheryl Sandberg Chief Operating Officer at Facebook since 2008
But if all young women start to lean in, we can close the ambition gap right here, right now. Leadership belongs to those who take it. Leadership starts with you.
Sylvia Rivera LGBTQ Activist
I believe in us getting our rights, or else I would not be out there fighting for our rights.
Maria Stewart Journalist and Abolitionist
…it is not the color of the skin that makes the man or the woman, but the principle formed in the soul.
J.K. Rowling Novelist
And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
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A young black girl lifts her baby hands up to greet the sun, reaches her hands up for a book on a high shelf, and raises her hands up in praise at a church service. She stretches her hands up high like a plane's wings and whizzes down a hill so fast on her bike with her hands way up. As she grows, she lives through everyday moments of joy, love, and sadness. And when she gets a little older, she joins together with her family and her community in a protest march, where they lift their hands up together in resistance and strength.
Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel, illustrated by Shane W. Evans
If you look up the phrase “hands up” in many dictionaries, you’ll likely see a negative definition written.
▪️an order given by a person pointing a gun. Source: Collins dictionary
▪️to admit that something bad is true or that you have made a mistake. Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary
▪️to deliver (an indictment) to a judge or higher judicial authority. Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary (By the way, do you know the history behind raising your right hand to testify in court? Look it up, I found it quite interesting.)
This book shows a little Black girl named Viv putting her hands up in various everyday situations like: greeting the sun, playing peek-a-boo, raising hands in defense during a basketball game, raising hands in class, picking fruit off trees, and raising hands during praise and worship at church. In the end, readers see Viv a little older raising her hands in resistance and strength with a group of friends at a community protest march.
With sparse text and lively illustrations, Hands Up! cleverly shows readers lifting your hands doesn’t always imply negativity. It gently encourages children to feel happy and confident to raise their hands. It also supports reticent kids in speaking up or standing up for what’s right.
It was interesting and refreshing to be reminded of all the times we raise our hands throughout the day from stretching in the morning when we wake to reaching for something high on a shelf like a library book. My personal favorite page is little Viv raising her hands in church demonstrating joy and praise to God through worship. Viv sets her power aside and praises God by physically and publicly demonstrating to Him that she needs Him which empowers her.
The back matter has notes from the author and illustrator which explain why this book was written.
I worry that this world casts Black kids as victims, villains, or simply adults before they’re grown up. – Breanna J. McDaniel
This brilliant reminder from Breanna helped guide me back to lifting my hands in joy. – Shane W. Evans
Hands Up! is available now online and where books are sold. Ages 4-8 and up.
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Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book from the author to share my review as part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you to the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Team for selecting me as a reviewer and a co-host!
Sarah E.Goode was one of the first African-American women to get a U.S. patent. Working in her husband’s furniture store, she recognized a need for a multi-use bed and through hard work, ingenuity, and determination, invented her unique cupboard bed. She built more than a piece of furniture. She built a life far away from slavery, a life where her sweet dreams could come true.
Reflection Prior to reading Sweet Dreams, Sarah: From Slavery to Inventor I had never heard of Sarah E. Good before. I can honestly say I was blown away to learn about this woman. Why didn’t I learn about her and countless other inventors in school when I was growing up? It just goes to show there are a myriad of inventions created by Black people that are still unbeknownst to many. I’m so glad author Vivian Kirkfield decided to write this book and understands the importance to highlight contributions of African-Americans as inspiration for our present and our future.
Born into slavery, inventor and entrepreneur Sarah E.Goode was the first African-American woman to be granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, for her invention of a folding cabinet bed on July 14, 1885. When Sarah moved to Chicago later in life, that’s where she met her husband, Archibald Goode. Her husband worked as a stair case builder and an upholsterer, and Sarah was the owner of a furniture store.
Most of Sarah’s customers lived in very small houses or apartments with cramped spaces. As a result, they couldn’t buy a lot of furniture since they complained that their homes couldn’t accommodate too many items. This is what drove Sarah Goode to invent the folding cabinet bed. She put on her thinking cap and went to work putting her masterful carpentry skills into full action. The bed that Sarah invented doubled as both a desk and a bed. Most importantly, it was compact which was exactly what her customers needed.
I truly enjoyed reading about Sarah Goode’s story! Not only was the story well written accompanied by vivid and lively illustrations, it was also engaging and highly inspiring too. I loved Sarah’s drive and determination to press on in spite of the obstacles she faced and rejection letters she received. I can only imagine how proud she must have felt to be the first Black woman to receive a U.S. patent for something that she created. Glory! Her idea filled a void in the lives of many, it was practical and many people appreciated it. Kudos to Sarah for opening up the doorway for many women to come after her and obtain their own patents!
The back matter of this book contains an author’s note, additional information about what a patent is, a timeline of Sarah Goode’s life and a handy timeline of Black women patent holders.
Aspiring entrepreneurs, inventors and lovers of history are likely to be just as inspired by Sarah’s story as I was. I’m thrilled to be able to share this story with my children and so many others in honor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Look for Sweet Dreams, Sarah: From Slavery to Inventor when it publishes in May 2019.
Your turn: Have you ever heard of Sarah E. Goode prior to reading this review? If you’re curious about other items invented by Black inventors, you might enjoy reading this blog post.
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Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. Her mother writes her cousin’s address in New York on a piece of paper. However, when Gittel arrives at Ellis Island, she discovers the ink has run and the address is illegible! How will she find her family? Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel’s Journey offers a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes an author’s note explaining how Gittel’s story is based on the journey to America taken by Lesléa Newman’s grandmother and family friend.
Disclaimer: I was gifted a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. As always, the opinions expressed her are my own are are not influenced by receiving this book for free.
How far would you travel to find a better life for yourself and your family? What if the journey took weeks or maybe even months under difficult conditions? If you answered “Whatever it takes,” you echo the feelings of an estimated three million Eastern European Jewish immigrants who came to America between 1880 and 1924.
Ellis Island afforded them the opportunity to attain the American dream for themselves and their descendants. Today, Ellis Island is an immigration museum with many exhibits containing photographs, artifacts, oral histories, and other displays. To this day, thousands of people immigrate to America each year in search of a better life and a safe place to call home.
Based on a true story, Gittel’s Journey takes readers on a journey from “Old Country” (it’s unclear which country “Old Country” is, maybe Russia or Poland) to Ellis Island in New York. Young 9 year-old Gittel and her mother are preparing to immigrate to America. When they arrive at the port to be inspected for approval in order to get on the ship, Gittel’s mother is denied entry by the health inspector due to having some redness in her eye. Gittel is terrified, but her mother tells her to be brave and go to America on her own.
Gittel’s mom assured her she’ll be safe and gives her a folded piece of paper, her ticket and some candlesticks. She tells her the piece of paper has her cousin’s name and address on it. Gittel is told to hand the piece of paper to an immigration officer once she gets to America.
Two weeks later, Gittel arrives safely and is greeted by the Statue of Liberty at Ellis Island. When she pulls out the piece of paper the address information is gone and there is only a “fat blue smear”. How will Gittel find her mother’s cousin now? You’ll have to read it to find out how the story ends.
A beautifully written and illustrated story with themes of: hope, emotion, determination, family, immigration and bravery. Ages 5-8 and up. Publishes February 5, 2019.
Disclaimer: I was gifted a set of Ana & Andrew books by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. As always, the opinions expressed her are my own are are not influenced by receiving these books for free.
Here’s the synopsis about the book series from the author’s website:
Ana & Andrew are always on an adventure! They live in Washington, DC with their parents, but with family in Savannah, Georgia and Trinidad, there’s always something exciting and new to learn about African-American history and culture. This series includes A Day at the Museum, Dancing at Carnival, Summer in Savannah, and A Snowy Day. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Calico Kid is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.
There are currently four books in the series and we adore each one! I mean where else can you find an early chapter children’s book series about Black kids eating roti, visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, going to Carnival in Trinidad and visiting one of the first Black churches in America? Trust me, these books are great. Oh, and I love that Ana’s favorite doll, Sissy always has on the same matching outfit as Ana. So cute!
Each book follows siblings Ana and Andrew going on a different adventure. In the first book, A Day at the Museum, Ana and Andrew visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture with their grandmother (Papa’s mother who is visiting from Georgia). At the museum the kids learn about Civil Rights leaders, the fight for equality and the history of African-Americans in the military and sports.
This series of books is perfect for early readers ages 5-8. Each book is only four chapters long which makes them wonderful choices for reading aloud during story time or reading independently by a child.
A Few Other Things to Note About this Series
They are published by ABDO, a small, family-owned publisher that solely focuses on educational reading material for schools and public libraries.
The author receives no royalties from these books – NONE, NADA! This was a project of love to ensure that young Black and Brown children saw themselves and their history represented in early readers.
They have a higher than normal price tag for most early readers. Why? This series was initially intended for public and school libraries (hence the library binding, hardcover and price tag.) Since these books are proving to be quite popular and in high demand (just check my Instagram post to see what others are saying), they may eventually be reprinted and made available in paperback, but that will remain to be seen.
The author is currently working on 4 more books in the series…YES! Ana & Andrew will be visiting Africa, learning about Frederick Douglass and more!
There will be a 2019 Ana & Andrew book tour! Be sure to visit Christine Platt’s website periodically or follow her on social media so you won’t miss the tour date announcement.
About the Author Christine A. Platt is a historian and author of African and African-American fiction and fantasy. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida, M.A. in African and African American Studies from The Ohio State University, and J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. Christine enjoys writing stories for people of all ages. She currently serves as the Managing Director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.
Your turn: Have you read any of the books in this series yet? Feel free to share in the comments.