My March Trip to Frugal Book Store in Roxbury. 2013

I’m usually in this store every other month. Many of the picture books that I blog about, I purchased from Frugal Book Store.

“Changing minds one book at a time.” – Frugal Book Store

What I bought – Listed by Publisher:

Jump at the Sun/Disney. New York.

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Be Boy Buzz
Written by bell hooks.
Illustrated by Chris Raschka.
2002
Published for Jump at the Sun
New York

All boy. Big open heart. Sweet mind.

– hooks 2002.

That’s right. I am the last person in the country to buy, from an actual bookstore, a new, hard cover, first-edtion copy of bell hook’s Be Boy Buzz. That may be an exaggeration, but, as I mentioned in my previous blog post, bell hook’s children’s books are no longer in print. The owner of Frugal Book Store went down into the basement to find this for me. They didn’t even have it on the shelves.  Now I don’t have to fret over students eagerly borrowing my paperback edition. Frugal still has multiple copies of the paperback edition for sale, though! No other bookstore does. It’s a miracle to still see hook’s picture books on the shelf for sale still. It’s the way it should be.

The Skin i'm in  by Sharon G. Flake 1998 Published for Jump at the Sun New York

The Skin i’m in
by Sharon G. Flake
1998
Published for Jump at the Sun
New York

Winner of the Coretta Scott King/ John Steptoe New Voices Award. I bought this book for a few reasons: 1. I will buy any book that is an original publication of Jump at the Sun publishers. 2. I’ve been meaning to read Sharon G. Flake’s work. 3. I’m attracted to the plot: biracial teacher, identity issues.

You Don't Even Know Me by Sharon G. Flake 2010 Published for Jump at the Sun New York

You Don’t Even Know Me
by Sharon G. Flake
2010
Published for Jump at the Sun
New York

Now matter what I think I may understand,  I must constantly remind myself that: I know nothing! You Don’t Even Know Me is an obvious need-to-buy. This is the same book, I just learned about a few days ago for the first time, while I was trying to find out why Jump at the Sun publishing imprint no longer exists. This book was on the silhouette website page for Jump at the Sun, that I describe in my previous blog post. And here, Frugal Book Store has it! They are the only book store that I know of to still carry Jump at the Sun books.

Atheneum Books For Young Children: An imprint of Simon &  Schuster. New York

Jenny Reen and the Jack Muh Lantern 1996 Published for Atheneum Books for Young Readers New York

Jenny Reen and the Jack Muh Lantern
1996
Published for Atheneum Books for Young Readers
New York

Once upon a time,…there was a time of great tears…In this hardest of hard times there was still joy because there were children, children with round cheeks and round curls. Such a child was Jenny Reen.

– Smalls 1996

I bought this book because it is written by beloved children’s author Irene Smalls. Smalls, like other cherished children’s book authors, is experiencing THE HAND! Yup. The hand. Publishers who own the rights of many of her books, are no longer publishing them. I’ll write more about this method of oppression in a future blog post. Jenny Reen and the Jack Muh Lantern is one of Smalls’ books that she owns the rights to, and therefore it is alive and printing well! Irene, if you are reading this post, then I’d like to ask you: Can we do lunch? We live in the same city! Wadda yuh say?

Abrams Books for Young Readers. New York

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Maritcha: A Nineteenth Century American Girl
By Tonya Bolden
2005
Published for Abrams
New York

This is the true account of Maritcha Rémond Lyons; based off her autobiographical memoirs and scrap books. She was an assistant principal at Public School No. 83 in Brooklyn, New York. She passed away in 1929.  This book has been out for eight years, and I am just learning about it now. And I call myself a progressive teacher. Hmmph!  There’s just so much newly-exposed history. I am eager to uncover it. I owe it to my students. It is their history to know. It is a gem of a book.  The publishers did a fine job of including ample photos of Maritcha’s original journal and scrap book. Looking through it, I am flooded with the same feelings I get when looking through my great grandmother’s scrap book. She too, a New Yorker, Harlem bred.

Random House. New York

Harlem's Little Blackbird Written by Renée Watson Illustrated by Christian Robinson 2012 Published by Random House New York

Harlem’s Little Blackbird
Written by Renée Watson
Illustrated by Christian Robinson
2012
Published by Random House
New York

If my voice can take me around the world, what else can it do?

– Watson 2012.

This story is about Florence Mills. Harlem, bred.

Houghton Mifflin. Boston. New York.

These Hands By Margaret H. Mason Illustrated by Floyd Cooper 2010 Published by Houghton Mifflin Books For Children. Boston. New York

These Hands
By Margaret H. Mason
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
2010
Published by
Houghton Mifflin Books For Children.
Boston. New York

These Hands is the biographical account of Joseph Barnett’s experiences while working in the 1950’s and 60’s, at the Wonder Bread factory. The Wonder Bread Corporation maintained great racial discrimination practices throughout the Civil Rights Movement and beyond.

A & B Publishing Group. Brooklyn, NY.

Nandi's Magic Garden Written by Ron Matthews Illustrated by David Jones (Year ?) A&B Publishers Group Brooklyn

Nandi’s Magic Garden
Written by Ron Matthews
Illustrated by David Jones
(Year ?)
A&B Publishers Group
Brooklyn

Just Us Books. Orange, NJ.

Land of the Four Winds Written by Veronica Freeman Ellis Illustrated by Sylvia Walker 1993 Just Us Books Orange, NJ.

Land of the Four Winds
Written by Veronica Freeman Ellis
Illustrated by Sylvia Walker
1993
Just Us Books
Orange, NJ.

African American Images. Chicago, IL.

Markita Written by Alissa Nash Illustrated by Doby London 1994 Published by African American Images Chicago

Markita
Written by Alissa Nash
Illustrated by Doby London
1994
Published by African American Images
Chicago

The Best Face of All Written by Wilesse A.F. Commissiong Illustrated by Buck Brown 1991 Published by African American Images Chicago

The Best Face of All
Written by Wilesse A.F. Commissiong
Illustrated by Buck Brown
1991
Published by African American Images
Chicago

The trip was well worth it. From their generous teacher discount, to their ever-expanding children’s section, complete with numerous academic and educational toys & activities. Knowledgable and friendly staff.

Also, children get a free book on their birthday!

Frugal Book Store is located:

Inside the Washington Park Mall
306 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Boston, MA 02119

617-541-1722

@FrugalBookstore 

facebook.com/Frugal.Books

Thanks for reading The Picture Book Pusher.

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A Picture Book A Day: Day 4 She Come Bringing Me That Little Baby Girl

Day 4, July 3rd

She Come Bringing Me That Little Baby Girl by Eloise Greenfield and John Steptoe.

Published by Harper Collins 1993.

Purchased: New at Frugal Books in Roxbury, MA. Teacher discounted price of course.

*side note – I shop for books at many places, however my last bookstore trip of the school season was to Frugal Books, in Roxbury. I have yet to bring the bag of books to my classroom, as it is summer season anyways; so those are the books I am reading first for the summer.

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Post Read: I legitimately give this picture book 5 out of 5 stars. It is definitely The Picture Book Pusher approved.

A Picture Book A Day: Day 2: What Color is My World?

Day 2  June 30th, 2012.

Pre-read: What Color is My World by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld. Illustrated by Ben Boos & A.G. Ford

Publisher: by Candlewick Press. 2012

Purchased: new at Frugal Books: A Multicultural Bookstore in Roxbury, MA. 02119. Teacher discounted price.

PictureBook Pusher: Haven’t read this book yet. I bought it about a month ago, but didn’t add it to the curriculum before the school year finished.

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Post-read:
Pg2/Thought 1:
I love vocabulary that is explicitly illustrated. It contributes to the advancement of student comprehension in the immediate;  benefitting teachers, ELL learners, etc.   I wanted to see a nice big visual of “the top pocket of his bib overalls”. Too bad it wasn’t there.
Pg2/Thought 2:
Not ‘too bad’ at all actually. I now see the un-included visual of “bib overalls” as  a writing strength, not weakness. The sentence, “He pulled out a long, handwritten list from the top pocket of his bib overalls and handed it to Mama.”  creates a beautifully needed opportunity for discussion, and passing down of personal story. A child, in 2012, will most likely interject the read-aloud and ask, “what’s ‘bib overalls’?”, or other words to that effect; at which time the older reader will share their understanding of bib overalls – defining it will surely include a time from back in the day, when people used to say ‘bib overalls’, and have hand written notes.
Kareem and Raymond created a multi-dimensional historical picture book. It allows the readers of the story to pause and share their own histories, with whomever they’re reading it to.   This is book is alive.

A Picture Book A Day: Day 1 Summer Jackson Grown Up

Day 1 June 26th, 2012.

Our school year ended June 21st. My teaching post for the summer began this past week. My tutoring schedule is sporadic. My family is constant. My passion for picture books is daily. Thus, as a teacher and picture book connoisseur, who’s ego is not minoot, I think it only right commit to reading at least one picture book a day, this summer.  No vacation mode for me. Being a teacher of young minds is not my job; it is my passion.

I began this idea last week, with reading Summer Jackson: Grown Up by Teressa E. Harris. Illustrated by AG Ford

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Then I forgot, about my commitment. Tsk Tsk. However, today, I am desiring nothing but to rest. I can only allow my self to rest during a beautiful, sunny, Saturday, if I can still find a way to make it productive. So with that mindset, I remembered my commitment to picture books! I am just about to sit down, and read my second picture book of the summer.  I have to keep the blog simple. Probably just title, author, illustrator, publisher, and method of purchase, and last but most importantly…would I keep the book in my classroom.  Summer Jackson, was a ‘yes’. Yes I will keep the book in my classroom for the kiddies to enjoy, even though I gave it only 3 out of 5 stars.

There is nothing wrong with the book. I’m just slow to indulge my classroom environment with books that promote a “standard”  view of the nuclear family life. Because I have such an eclectic student body, I don’t feed them a standard norm of which they should aspire to fit into. That’s not how I educate. That’s not how I promote resiliency in the hearts of my students. So, Summer Jackson is a story book that I would most likely keep on the shelves or Lending Library, but not as a whole class read aloud.  I do absolutely, however, appreciate Teressa E. Harris, and A.G. Ford for creating a picture book that children, who come from a two-parent, hetero, economically stable, household, can enjoy in it’s entirety.

Purchased at my favorite bookstore in the entire Greater Boston area: Frugal Books: A Multicultural Bookstore, in Roxbury, MA.

Thank you for reading.

– The Picture Book Pusher