Winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal for The Crossover, poet Kwame Alexander draws on rules of sports as the background for life lessons of hardship, perseverance, and focus. In The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life, he uses sports analogies (predominately basketball as you might imagine from the cover) and quotes from celebrities to act as an inspirational work for students in upper elementary/middle school who need a little extra motivation.
The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro brought the inspiring story of many hardworking athletes to our national consciousness – Guor Mading Maker, a marathoner from war-torn Sudan and Yusra Mardini, a swimmer from the Refugee team who literally swam to escape civil war in Syria, among many others. There were also many “firsts” in these Olympic Games. Ibtihaj Muhammad from the sport of fencing, was the first American woman to wear a hijab in Olympic competition helping to carve the way for other Muslim American female athletes.
Yetis have bedtimes. Yetis have their favorite stuffed animals too. Or at least that’s what author Vin Vogel has to say in Bedtime for Yeti. This lovely bedtime story features a simply drawn snow monster who loves to cuddle its stuffed animal. That is until the stuffed animal disappears. Parents will be able to relate to the mild panic that ensues when your little one misplaces their favorite toy.