I received a complimentary copy of this book in partnership with Innovation Press. All thoughts expressed are my own.
I believe it to be extremely essential to show my daughters examples of women trailblazers. This world isn’t just “A Man’s World” as James Brown would sing. This world is full of opportunity for both men and women and children should discover this as early as possible. Doctor Patricia E. Bath’s story as told in The Doctor With an Eye for Eyes by Julia Finley Mosca is a great example of a woman in a “man’s world” who saw both race and gender barriers while pursuing her education and career. She, however, could not be and did not stop.
Doctor Patricia E. Bath, however, is no fictional character. The Doctor With an Eye for Eyes gives children a glimpse into the life of a real life (and living) hero. Its rhythmic flow and vibrant illustrations help tell the story of Patricia Bath from birth to present day. This phenomenal woman was the first African American to complete residency in ophthalmology. She also invented the Laserphaco Probe in 1981, which changed eye surgeries forever. This invention made her the first African-American female doctor to secure a medical patent.
The words in this story are fun and rhyme, easily captivating young readers. At the same time, the words are inspiring, affirming and informative. This book gives young girls a look at what’s possible when you are consistent, persistent and #unbothered. Titles like this one are exactly what I want to fill up my children’s bookshelf with, a bit of girl power.
Young readers ages 5-10 or so will be completely engaged by this heroic story and may have a desire to become a doctor with an eye for eyes.
This post is in partnership with Brightly. Thoughts shared are 100% my own.
Like you, I love free stuff. Free things, especially educational resources, bring me and my bank account joy. I recently discovered resources at Brightly and all the wonderful things they provide to students, teachers and families for fun learning, especially through reading. As partners of Penguin Random House, the site features recommendations of books and authors for all ages.
Brightly’s resources are inspiring both kids and adults to become lifelong readers. How do you turn children into lifelong readers? By making learning fun, of course. Brightly is doing that by offering a FREE downloadable mega pack of Mad Libs. Mad Libs provide fun with words and kids can get creative and by creating silly stories while learning parts of speech.
If you’d like to grab this pack for your little ones, just click here. Your children can easily spend a lot of time with these Made Libs. You can add them to your homeschool lesson or keep them in the car for road trips or just drives around the city. Happy teaching, reading and learning!
I received complimentary copies for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.
Finally, there is a book series that is celebrating the brilliance, strength and creativity of boys–black boys. Jaden Toussaint The Greatest book series is inspiring and shows a positive image of a black boy and family and I love it!
With three daughters, I see a lot of pink and read plenty of books about princesses, ballerinas, and hair (I enjoy it all) but discovering the Jaden Toussaint series, authored by Marti Dumas, provided my young readers and I a chance to read something different. Typically my daughters are all about girl power and only wanting to hear songs sang by females (I guess that’s what 5 and 6 year olds do), but they were extremely receptive to learning what these books were all about. In fact, one day during our homeschool lesson I set aside time for reading. Right before it was time to move on from reading to our math lesson, my oldest asked me, “Mommy, can I please keep going and read chapter four?”. There was no way I could deny her request to read; this was a proud mommy moment!
I used this quick video to introduce the series to my daughters:
In each book in the series is a new episode where Jaden, a five year old scientist, debater and ninja dancer with an afro, goes on a new adventure using his superpowers for good. We were able to read episodes #1 (The Quest for Screen Time) and #3 (Muffin Wars), where his superpowers were used to convince his parents for more screen time (what every kid wants to do) and to out-smart and out-shine his equally brilliant and impressive cousin, Muffin.
These are the perfect chapter books for young readers, with only 50 to 60 pages, a relatable character, adventurous story lines and just the right amount of illustrations to continue captivating readers. I highly recommend this book series for kids ages 5 to 9. You can add the book to your library and check out all the episodes in the collection by visiting here.