Did you catch our Savvy Sassy Book Picks last month? We just bought our tickets for A Wrinkle in Time for this weekend, and my daughter and I are counting down the days. We both re-read it, so the story echoes freshly in our minds. A quick note to mention the benefits of your local library. If I bought every book I wanted to read, well, I’d be making furniture out of them — both because of cost and because of space. My kids tend to be the same way, so we spend a lot of time at the library.
Savvy Sassy Book Picks
We’re back this month with three book recommendations — something for everyone in the family. This month, we have another film tie-in, though you’ll have to wait longer to view this one. In honor of March being Women’s History Month, we chose women authors for each of our book picks.
Book recommendation for moms
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng takes a look at class, race, and the complicated way they weave together through even the most picturesque towns — especially through those towns, perhaps. The Richardson family presents as the ideal Shaker Heights family, which itself presents as the ideal American town. Mia Warren and her daughter sweep into Shaker Heights and the Richardsons’ lives, when they rent Elena Richardson’s second house. Soon, the mothers find themselves on opposite sides of a custody battle that begins to peel back the layers of lacquered perfection making up Shaker Heights. Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are pairing up to both star in and executive produce a limited series adaptation of the novel.
Book pick for independent readers
In Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson uses poetry to paint the picture of what it was like for her to grow up as an African American girl in South Carolina and New York in the 1960s and 1970s. A storyteller in verse, Woodson’s words express how she always felt a little bit out of place, no matter where she was. The format of stories told in verse allow readers to pick up and put down this story at various points and places without losing their place in a narrative arc, making it perfect for families who do a lot of reading on the go or at bedtime, when time might be a little short.
A picture book celebrating women role models
Chelsea Clinton, author, and Alexandra Boiger, illustrator, showcase women’s voices in She Persisted Around the World. The follow-up book to Clinton and Boiger’s She Persisted, this book looks at women who kept working toward their goals — and changed the very fabric of history. Whether your own kids want to pursue science (Marie Curie), storytelling (J.K. Rowling), or activism (Malala Yousafzai), they will find a role model within the pages of this lovely book.