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“Stop That Yawn!” by Caron Levis, illustrated by LeUyen Pham c.2018, Atheneum Books for Young Readers

“I’m not tired!” That’s what you might say when it’s time for bed. You want to stay awake for awhile. Who can shut their eyes when fun might be happening? You’re not tired, but in the new book “Stop That ...

Kids Christmas books

“A Tuba Christmas” by Helen L. Wilbur, illustrated by Mary Reaves Uhles c.2018, Sleeping Bear Press $16.99 / $21.99 Canada 32 pages “Construction Site on Christmas Night” by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Ag Ford c.2018, Chronicle Kids $16.99 / $22.99 ...

“Remembrance” c.2018, Kensington $20.00 / $21.95 Canada 193 pages

For weeks, you’ve been scouring the stores. You have a lot to give. Most of it is wrapped up colorfully, beribboned and bowed. Some gifts are in bags with shiny trim, while others are tucked away in closets. You have ...

“Friday Black: Stories” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah c.2018, Mariner Books $14.99 / higher in Canada 194 pages

You are the strongest person you know. You can lift and carry a lot of weight and many burdens, because strength comes from within as well as from muscles. So what are you capable of doing when times get strange? ...

“My Love Story” by Tina Turner (with Deborah Davis and Dominik Wichmann) c.2018, Atria Books $28.00 / $34.99 Canada 260 pages

Just wait. Two words that are impossible to hear, especially if you have big plans. Hold on, don’t veer off-course, work the plan, hard as it may be. Just wait. As in “My Love Story” by Tina Turner, good things ...

“The Greatest Football Teams of All Time” from Sports Illustrated Kids c.2018, Time Inc. Books $19.99 / $23.99 Canada 144 pages

You could never pass on a chance to catch the game. Yep, the salsa is hot, the soda is cold, you’ve got your lucky jersey on, and you’re ready to watch the World’s Greatest Football Team play to win – ...

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide” by Carol Anderson with Tonya Bolden, foreword by Nic Stone

Your blood is red. You were born with the same number of bones, ears, and appendages as everybody else and your requirements are food, air, water, shelter and love. Indeed, you’re just like other humans – but as you’ll see ...

“ Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan c.2018, Knopf $26.95 / higher in Canada 352 pages

You need to get out of here. You don’t know where. You just have to go to another room, maybe, or another building, another town, across the world. You need to get out of here but, as in the new ...

“John Woman: A Novel”

Clothes, as they say, make the man. So do his language and demeanor – but what else? Did his parents or teachers make him who he is? Is it income, peer pressure, the movies he sees, jobs he holds, or ...

“How Not to Get Shot – And Other Advice From White People”

Stop. Put your hands in the air and don’t move. Keep ‘em where they can be seen. Get down, get down, get down, get on the ground! Those are words that nobody wants to hear but read “How Not to ...

“How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace”

In church, you sing a lot of songs. Some are just for Sunday School, and you clap when you sing them. Others make you dance right in your seat. And some songs you sing in church are very old and ...

“What Truth Sounds Like”

“We have to talk.” It’s never good when someone tells you that. Even if it’s said with a smile and a pat on the back, you can feel doom in those words. “We have to talk” never helps anyone except ...

“Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams”

Those are the rules. Every game has them, and rules are mostly helpful. They make it clear how to play and who can win – although sometimes, they don’t make any sense. Sometimes, they’re downright dumb and in “Game Changers” ...

“Note to Self,”

Pay attention. Eyes forward, ears open. You’ve heard those things before in your life, and now you say them to yourself, your kids, and your employees. But do they hear what you say now… or, as in the new book ...

“Black Klansman: A Memoir”

You want no part of that. In fact, the farther away you are from whatever-it-is, the happier you’ll be. Nope, some things are not your friend. Some things are not good for you at all. And as you’ll see in ...

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