Meme…What is next?

“No Dogs or Mexicans Allowed in Public Park”

“A fence which separates the black side of town from the white side”

“There were signs all through town telling color people where they could and could not go”

“We cater to White Trade ONLY”

“Negro Students Stand Up by Sitting Down”

“Blacks seat in the back, whites in the front”

This week for my book meme I decided to read books about the racial tension which has divided the world and continues to do so. We have heard about the Civil Right movements and what Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, and many other protestants bravely did in order to end segregation and start civil rights. Regardless of living in the 21st century, discrimination because of color still exist in the world, but many of us are afraid to say or do something about it. As I read through all these books, it is clear that this racial issue continues to haunt “colored” people! Many of these books have life like watercolor illustrations and vivid pictures which brings the reader closer to the tension that the characters are going through in the book.

Separate Is Never Equal by, Duncan Tonatiuh is a book about ending segregation in public schools and how the Brown Vs. Board of Education event came to happen. It all started when Sylvia Mendez was about to start school and was turned away along with her brothers and told they had to attend the Mexican school. Being young, she could not understand why she was not able to attend this beautiful school, even after she fluently spoke English and was an American citizen! It was not fair or right for them not to be able to attend school just because several white people thought colored people had many faults such as: “For their social behavior. They need to learn cleanliness of mind, manner, and dress. they are not learning at home. They have problems with lice, impetigo, and tuberculosis. They have generally dirty hands, face, neck, and ears.” Being rejected many times, Sylvia’s father decided to organize a lawsuit against the school and eventually won the case.

Back Of The Bus by, Aaron Reynolds this story takes place in Montgomery, Alabama. As we read the book, we learn that black people have to sit in the back of the bus and/or give their seat to a white person , if not they will be arrested. All of a sudden, the bus came to a  sudden stop and did not move for an hour or so. Many people got on the bus and apparently some commotion started to happen. It was Rosa Park, a black lady who was not willing to stand up and give her seat to a white man. Because of this, she got arrested and her act of defiance helped changed the nation.

In the book, Freedom on the Menu by, Carole Boston Weatherford we learn about Connie, an eight year old girl who does not understand segregation and what is going on around her. Many were the times she and her momma would go to town to get food and if it was hot, they would go to the snack bar in the five-and-dime store to have a coke. However, black people were not allowed to sit at the lunch counter and they had to stand. “All over town, signs told Mama and me where we could and could’t go. Signs on water fountains, swimming pools, movie theaters, even bathrooms.” Because of all of these and many other events, Dr. King gave his speech and among other students and protestors,  equal rights started to slowly appear.

Clover could not understand and always wondered why that long fence separated the black side of town from the white side. And why did that girl always sit on the fence? In the book, The Other Side, by Jackeline Woodson, we learn about Clover, a black girl, and Annie, a white girl, who are separated by a gate, and do not understand why. Yet, this obstacle does not prevent the girls to talk to each other and eventually build a friendship.

Hatred and prejudice was all around Ruby Bridges. Everything got worse when she started school at an all-white elementary school, especially, being the only black student there. Through faith and courage, Ruby leads by example and teaches us that we must not hate those who hate us. Instead of hating those people, she would pray for them; “Please God, try to forgive those people. Because even if they say those bad things, They don’t know what they’re doing.”



It is Monday! What are you reading?

I have continued to find children’s book and my son has brought many from school as well. The three books we read this week were, Storms, At the Pond, and Jordan’s Catch. Although all three books are completely different from each other, Storms and At the Pond were my favorite books as they are non fiction and my son, myself and other readers can learn valuable information from these books.


At the Pond, by David M. Schwartz is a great book about various animals, their habitat, what they eat, their bodies, etc. This is a super interesting book as it has many facts about several animals. Children would definitely enjoy this book, especially those children who enjoy animals and reading about then.

jordans catchJordan’s Catch by, Stephen Harrison is the story of a boy who plays baseball. One day his team was playing the final game and he missed when he was trying to catch the ball. Because of this, his team lost the game. He was absolutely sad because he was not able to catch the ball. Much to his surprise, his mother bought baseball tickets for him and his father to go watch a game for the towns team. Towards the end of the game, his home team needed one last catch (home run) in order to win the game. When the ball was strike, much to his surprise, the boy catched the ball and he was even on television. Of course, his hometown team won the final!

The storm, from National Geographic for kids,  (accidentally deleted the picture) is a book about the various types of weather catastrophes that can happen when less expected. This book explains what makes certain things such as rain, tornadoes, lightning, earthquake, etc. happen. Unfortunately, this book seems to go well with all the horrible catastrophes happening at the moment in different parts of the world. This is a book which could be used during a science project or lesson plan about natural disasters.

Meme…What is next?

touching spirit bearWell, since the book I read this week had to do with animals, I decided to read Touching Spirit Bear by, Ben Mikaelsen. In this book we are introduced to Cole, the main character and the kind of life he lived. One day, he  attacks another student and has to suffer the consequences. However, in order to avoid going to Juvenile jail, he agrees to attend a native American Circle Justice in a remote island in Alaska where he must learn to survive off the island and what is available. Harvey, a native American tries to help him “survive” as he himself has been through a similar experience. Cole is a teenager who has been through many drastic events in his life as he had to live with an alcoholic mother, and a father who always beat him for everything. The day that Cole gets to meet Harvey, his life starts to change dramatically as he realizes he wants to help him to overcome this obstacle. However, Cole is not willing to give in, even for his own good, without a “fight.”

After court, Harvey agrees to take Cole to the island, and once in the island, Cole has an encounter with a giant spirit bear. Through this encounter, he learns to see life differently and learns that there will always be either negative or positive consequences from his acts. As we continue reading the book, many thoughts and “pictures” come to mind and makes us wonder if what is happening is actually real, or just a dream…

The One and Only Ivan

IvanAs I read through this book, there are many things I need to keep in mind such as the characters, theme, setting, and plot, among others. I believe that keeping all of these in mind helps the reader to better understand what is going on in the book.

We are introduced to the main characters in the book, Ivan, a gorilla, his friend Julia, a human, and Stella, the elephant. As we are introduced to Ivan’s life we find out where he lives, in a mall, and how he is “exposed” to the public. Ivan and Julia become great friends throughout the book, and it all started when Julia gave him a crayon to encourage his writing and art. One unfortunate day, Stella the elephant, one of Ivan’s friend, passed and this is when Ivan realizes he has to do something about his condition of living when all these time he had thought it was a good life until one day he saw on his television how other gorillas were living.

Later we are introduced to Mack, who is the owner of the display/cage where Ivan and the other animals live. After Stella passed, Ivan realized he had to do something about his situation, especially, after he had promised her he would do something about it. Ivan used his intelligence and pieced together several signs to spell home and with the help of many protestors, Ivan and the rest of his friends are re-homed at a zoo where their lives change in a positive way.

Once the animals were taken to the zoo, they learned to live a better lifestyle and much happier life.The setting at the zoo is completely different than how it used to be at the mall. In this place, everything is so much natural with grass, trees, dirt, rocks, flowers, etc. all around them. Even after the animals were placed at the zoo, Julia continued visiting her friend, Ivan, and the rest of the animals.

It is Monday! What are you reading?

I have been to the library several times to get books for this class, and of course, I have found many. My son also started school not too long ago, and he has been bringing books to the house to read; both of us get to do our homework and it has worked great. He reads to me, and I read to him, it is wonderful. So for this assignment, I am going to include two of the books (bottom two) he has read to me so far.



Sea Otters, (National Geographic) by Laura Marsh, is a book about sea otters. They explain the anatomy of the otters and how they live in the wild. Their webbed feet help them swim faster in the water to catch food, especially, fish. This is a great book for children to learn about animals in the wild and what they do in order to survive.


Stone soup, by Naomi C. Lewis is a book about a kid who was walking and got hungry. He was carrying a stone with him and stopped at an old ladies house and asked for food. She said she did not have any food. He suggested they made soup with the stone he was carrying. The old lady got excited and was convinced soup could be made with the stone. However, she didnot realized that it was not the stone which gave flavor to the soup, but the ingredients that were put into the soup.

Giant Squid, by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann is a book about the life of a giant squid and how it lives in the dark at the bottom of the ocean. The book talks about how man knows more about the planet Mars, and not enough about this giant squid. Apparently, every day we learn more and more about them and how intelligent they are. They are giant, that is for sure. Their tentacles can measure up to 30 feet and the one eye they have is the size of a soccer ball. These animals are some amazing giants for sure! The pictures in the book are beautiful as well, full of colors and detail.

Trombone Shorty, by Troy Andrews is a non fiction story which took place in the New Orleans. This is the story about a boy who loved music and wanted to become an artist just like his father and brother, James, were. He pretended to play instruments, made out of objects such as cardboard boxes, pencils, metal, etc.,with his friends and had their own little band. One day, he found a beat up trombone and from that day on, he knew he was going to play “real” music and have his own band. As time went by, his dreams became true and he became the artist he once dreamed to be. By sharing his own story, Troy hopes other children will follow their dreams of becoming whatever they want to be in life. With perseverance, anything can be possible!


Finding time to read…


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There have been many occasions where reading seems impossible, or so I think! But the question is, if I find plenty of time to watch television, why don’t I find some time to sit down and read a book as well? Being a “loyal” reader can be difficult, but I believe there are many ways one can practice to try and find some time from a busy schedule to read a book…

I have to say it has been harder than I thought it would be to find time to read. Having to work two jobs, going to school part time and taking care of my son, husband, and home can have many obstacles. One of my jobs is a Certified Nurse Assistance and I work the graveyard shift. Of course, I am so tired all the time that all I want to do is sleep. When I finally do get a chance to pick up a book, I start falling sleep… not good. However, despite all these obstacles, I have been trying to do the following things to squeeze a few extra minutes of reading here and there. It doesn’t necessarily work all the time like I wish it did, but eventually the minutes do add up. I will continue trying my best.

Watching television-

Instead of watching television for one hour or longer, how about splitting that one hour into 30 minutes of television, and 30 minutes of reading time? Of course it will be very difficult at the begging, but if we stick to the same procedure, it will eventually become a habit.

Reading to children, or even to other adults-

It is great to sit down and read to children, I mean who doesn’t enjoy a children’s book? But what if I don’t have any children? It is ok, adults enjoy children’s books as well. Even reading a book once a day, will get you trained to start reading more and more books.

Read a book as you wait-

There have been many occasions where I have sat in the waiting room for 30 minutes or more. Instead of looking at Facebook, Snapchat or other websites, I can definitely open a book and read a few pages.

Reading before going to bed-

I have heard many times that if you are having difficulty sleeping, a great book can be the solution. I believe that it helps ease the body and relax the brain.

I believe that when a person wants to “desperately” do something, in this case find time to read, it can be done. Obviously, it will take time to get accustomed, but it sure can be done. When it comes to children, I believe that if we introduce them to books at an early age, they will grow to enjoy reading. Especially, when they have the freedom  to choose their own books.

It is Monday! What are you reading?


Many were the books I wanted to read this week, however, my son got the following books from his school last year and he loves them. Every time he has to read a book, he ends up reading these books. They are super cute and definitely lets your imagination running.

The Doorbell Rang by, Pat Hutchins is a book that can definitely be used in a math lesson. This book teaches children to share and also how to divide cookies among how many friends there are. It all started when Ma made cookies (12) for Victoria and Sam and they had to equally divide them between them. All of a sudden Tom and Hannah from next door ringed the doorbell and the children must share their cookies with them. Children continue sharing their cookies with various children who came and ranged the doorbell too. At the end there are 12 cookies, and 12 children. How many cookie(s) does each child get?


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I Love You Forever by, Robert Munsch is a beautiful book about a mother who sings to her son since he was an infant. As the years go by and the son gets older, she continues singing to him even after he has become a grownup. In the end, when the mother has grown very old, things turn around and the son sings to his mother the same song she sang to him over the years. This is such a cute book, it was given to me when I was pregnant with my son.



Frog On A Log by, Res Gray and Jim Field is a story about a cat who commands a frog to sit on a log and the frog refuses because “Logs are all hard and uncomfortable. And they can give you splinters. Ouch!” said the frog. As the story continues, the cat gives various example of different animals and what they sit on. For example:

“Hares sit on chairs, Mules sit on stools, Gophers sit on sofas, Lions sit on irons,                    Parrots sit on carrots, Foxes sit on boxes, Fleas sit on peas, Goats sit on coats, Cows sit on plows, Storks sit on forks, Gorillas sit on pillars, Rats sit on hats, Weasels sit on easels, Moles sit on Poles, Seals sit on wheels, Doves sit on gloves, Newts sit on flutes, Lizards sit on wizards, Apes sit on grapes, Puffins sit on muffins, Snakes sit on cakes, Owls sit on towels, Gibbons sit on ribbons, Lambs sit on jams, and Bees sit on keys.” What do dogs sit on? asked the frog.

Dogs sit on FROGS!

This story has words that rhyme with each other. It is also a good book for children to predict what the animals will sit on.



Pig the Pug by, Aaron Blabey, is a story about a pug who was extremely greedy and selfish in most every way and he had to learn to share his toys with Trevor, another dog. “No, they are mine! Didn’t you hear? Only mine! You keep your paws off them, they are mine, mine, mine! This is a great book appropriate for a two year old which will help show that sharing with friends is    caring and nice.

And what are you reading?



My reading plan…



I definitely have to find time to sit down and read! After all, reading is good exercise for the brain, right? I hope that taking this Children’s Literature class will help me in my journey as a future teacher to better understand reading, and to help children learn to love books. Unfortunately, as a small child, I did not have the opportunity many children do have here in this country to access a public library. Many of the books I had were handed down to me from my two older brothers; and of course, most of the time they were ripped, missing a few pages, and falling apart.

Over the years, many teachers have taught me the beautiful art of reading and I have learned to enjoy it, that is when I do happen to find some free time to actually enjoy a book for pleasure and not because I have to read it. I have a son who is seven years and he loves going to the library. I want to continue encouraging him to look at books and to read then. When he was in first grade he was below average for his reading level. With a few months of reading with a para one on one, he exceed beyond his reading level. It is amazing what a few months can do.

Today, as I take this class, I hope to learn much and to share and discuss my personal and  critical responses with other students who are also going into the same field. There are so many books out there that children and adults too, can enjoy.

Book Meme…

There are several books that come to mind for this book meme. My husband bought a book, The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne, which I have been trying to read for almost a year now, and to this date I still have not read it. In this book, the author  allows us to use our imagination as we explore and discover the world around us. This book helps readers learn how to use the authors words “in various aspects of our lives–  money, health, relationship, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world” in order to over come obstacles. Check the book out at the following URL

Another book which I enjoyed reading back in Middle school was Hank The Cowdog, by John R. Erickson. This book is all about the wonderful stories of Hank, the ranch dog who  is supposed be  guarding the ranch, and yet, he is always getting in trouble for one thing or another. This is a great book for those children who like to read about adventures. Check the books out at the following URL….0…1.1.64.psy-ab..15.10.2014.0..0i67k1.7iyGUrtqEpo

The Skippyjon Jones, by Judy Schachner, are fabulous books for the elementary age children. These books can also help children learn words in Spanish. These could be great books to incorporate into a Spanish lesson plan, and the children could write their own story in their journal and create puppets to tell the story. Check the book out at the following URL….0…1.1.64.psy-ab..22.30.4023.0..0i67k1.C7_SyiAE2U4

It is Monday! What are you reading?


66.jpgThe seven Blind Mice book is a cute story about several mice who are blind and try to find out what is going on at the pond. As each of them go out, they can not agree what is that they find until the last mouse goes.





67.jpgSmoky book is a great book for those children who are compassionate and care to help other children. I mean, who does not want to help those people and pets in need? The pictures in the book help make your own story in your head.



9.jpgThis poor grandma is just trying to find some alone time to get her things done. However, with so many grandkids in the house, she tries different areas, until finally, she was able to find the right spot to knit her sweaters.




This could be a great book in a Spanish class. Children will enjoy this book as they learn new vocabulary. Pappa Rabbit got lost, so his son, Pancho, must go look for him.


This is a cute book full of colorful pictures

14taken in the wild during the winter season. The wild animals are trying to figure out if they (the children) are out there. I think this book could be used in a class project.




The conflict between colors still exist in a California school. A Hispanic family decide to go to court after their son who spoke perfect English is denied entrance to an all white school.





This is a book that will allow the readers to use their imagination as they read about the plant and how it grows. As it grows, the different animals come and use it as a shelter.




As we read the story, we find out that everyone is too busy to do anything fun. That is, until the lights go out in the whole city and people start to have lots of fun without lights. All of a sudden, the lights come back and everyone goes back to their ordinary lives. Well, except for one family,…



Not a box book allows children to use their imagination. What can you build with a box? Maybe a train, a car, a stove? How about a robot? When the imagination is put to use, anything can be possible.



Where the wild things are… mmm I am not too sure about this book. I am not sure if this is any age appropriate for children. Especially, when it starts out by the child disobeying his mom and he gets sent to his room. I understand he is using his imagination as he goes through the forest, but at the same time, the other monsters have to do what the child wants. And this is not always the case!


Can you imagine turning around and finding a lion and monkeys in your kitchen? I really did enjoy this book. The author definitely allows the reader to use their imagination and wonder what is going to happen next. Predictions are clear as the book comes to an end.



99.jpgIn this nonfiction book, we continue to encounter racism. This is a great book for children to learn that none should be treated differently regardless of their skin color or learning capacity.



Radiant Child is the story of a child who at a young age saw art in everything he read and saw. This is a great book to help children realize the one can be anything if you for hard for it while remembering that being different is ok. If we were all the same life would be boring. Everyone has different ideas to bring to the table.



Last stop on the Market Street is a great way to start teaching children that some are less fortunate than others, especially, when your skin is darker than the majority of the population.




First the egg? If you were asked what came first, the chicken or the egg? What would you respond? This is one of those books were events happen in sequence. Without one thing, the other cannot happen.