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Cendrillon A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D San Souci illustrated By Brian Pinkney

This book Is closed to our heart: it’s the rendition on an a old time favorite with a Caribbean twist. The children loved it because it takes place on their Island , Martinique, it’s not mentioned by name but they could recognize some of the traditions . The manicou, an animal present in many folktales… Continue reading Cendrillon A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D San Souci illustrated By Brian Pinkney

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Dancing In The Wings By Debbie Allen Pictures by Kadir Nelson

This magnificent book traces the struggle of a girl who dreams of being a ballerina. She is very tall and she endures many people teasing her and trying to dissuade her from following her dream. However she ignores the negative comments and ends up being a wonderful ballerina. The book is loosely based on the… Continue reading Dancing In The Wings By Debbie Allen Pictures by Kadir Nelson

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Drum Dream Girl – How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

This book, based on a true story, teaches children about perseverance and following their dreams -- even if those dreams don't fit society's standards. The main character, known as Drum Dream Girl, would love to play the drum. However, on the island where she lives, girls are not allowed to play drums. Nevertheless she never… Continue reading Drum Dream Girl – How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

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I Will Be Fierce! By Bea Birdsong Illustrated by Nidhi Chanani

This month, the team decided to focus on "girl power." In our classroom, we have girls with strong characters who are not afraid of anything. They run in wearing superhero costumes, and they love Legos as much as the boys do. Our job is to encourage them to keep their wonderful personalities. I Will Be… Continue reading I Will Be Fierce! By Bea Birdsong Illustrated by Nidhi Chanani