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Mizz Goodie 2 Shoez

In Charoletta Anderson's exquisitely illustrated book, "Mizz Goodie 2 Shoez," our main character is a shoe who uses her love of fashion and shoes to create a fun new way to teach children values, hope, courage and the importance of honor and self-esteem through non-bullying and healthy habits. This easy, enjoyable book and eBook builds self-esteem and raises awareness in a meaningful, lasting way for children between the ages of 5-12, who are affected by bullying, obesity, autism, literacy, cancer and more. Available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: Spot On

You can now catch Nickelodeon's hit series, “Miraculous” on DVD. Your little ones won't want to miss the episode, “Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: Spot On,” where the treacherous Hawk Moth uses his evil energy to transform the citizens of Paris into super villains, but only two amazing heroes stand in his way: Ladybug and Cat Noir! With the help of their magical pets, this incredible duo team up to outwit Hawk Moth and keep their city safe, but their biggest challenge might be getting through school. It turns out, Ladybug and Cat Noir are actually Marinette and Adrien – a pair of young students who live what seems to be a normal life. But even for these two, it’s hard to juggle schoolwork, friends, family and growing up when every day is a super-powered adventure! Available at Target and

— Jenny L. Heinbaugh

Book Reviews

By Mary Quattlebaum

ages 3 – 6

Sophie’s Squash Goes to School

Sophie weathers the first days of school by bringing her beloved squash friends Bonnie and Baxter, and she is highly indignant when the other kids wonder if they can eat or bounce them. This gently humorous story is wonderfully paced, through art and pictures, to show Sophie’s growth from wary outsider to tentative friendship with a real kid (rather than a vegetable) to delighted participant in the classroom. Sophie’s parents are supportive rather than pushy, and ultimately the little girl decides how and when she wants to connect with others. The subtle message at the end, as Sophie puts it: “Sometimes growing a friend just takes time.”

ages 7 – 11

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

As an award-wining nonfiction author and lawyer, Maryland writer Debbie Levy is uniquely situated to tell the life story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And what a fascinating true story it is, from Ginsburg as a girl in the 1930s and ‘40s balking at the traditional gender roles to her work today as a Supreme Court Justice. As Levy points out, Ginsburg was profoundly struck by the systemic injustices against women, Jews, African-Americans and other minorities. As a law professor, she profoundly influenced the thinking and legal decisions around issues of inequality. Young readers get to know the lighthearted side of Ginsburg, too, including her tuneless singing, lace collars and love of her children and supportive husband. Elizabeth Baddeley’s mixed-media illustrations dynamically convey Ginsburg’s intelligence and verve. This is a powerful yet playful biography of an American hero.

babies / tots

Before We Met

Acclaimed Washington author Laura Krauss Melmed adds a lovely lullaby book to her popular paeans to the baby/parent bond “I Love You as Much” and “My Love Will Be with You.” In “Before We Met,” a pregnant mother lovingly anticipates the birth of her child: “Before we met, I kept you safe where you were meant to be.” She dreams about the baby’s smile, soft skin and heartbeat. Melmed’s soothing, rhythmical text finds a tender accompaniment in Jing Jing Tsong’s dream-like art, which places the mother in a vibrant, stylized natural world. A perfect gift for newborns or baby showers.