Life Inside the Containment Zone

By: Bryan Grossbauer This article was originally published on Medium.com It has been 2 days since Governor Andrew Cuomo declared New Rochelle the epicenter of the New York State Coronavirus Outbreak. Specifically, the mile radius around Young Israel synagogue, within which we live, that has been labeled the “containment zone”. New Rochelle, which is just north of New York City, became a coronavirus “hot spot” Cuomo said, after a resident was diagnosed with the virus last week. The man, an attorney who works near Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, was later linked to dozens of other confirmed cases of the virus...

Knock Knock: my dad’s dream for me by: Daniel Beaty

“No longer will I be there to knock on your door, so you must learn to knock for yourself.  Knock, knock down the doors that I could not.” Knock Knock, My Dad’s Dream For Me by: Daniel Beaty, A Corretta Scott King Award winner is a fitting book to leave my Black History Month Multicultural Children’s Book Celebration.  It is an amazing book that shows what happens when one day a young boy’s father is no longer there to knock on his door and wake him up in the morning. I should warn you that this is not an easy...

Sophia Washington Mismatch by: Tonya Duncan Ellis

For Black History Month 2020, I wanted to showcase some amazing books that have been read, reread, forgotten, discovered, and reread yet again. I will be publishing each book on every Tuesday and Thursday throughout February. These are books for every level ; some for a ride in the stroller while others are longer, young adult books. Regardless of the anyones age, these are books that have a positive, progressive social message, or strong minority and/or female characters. They promote understanding of difference, diversity, and inclusion. By being exposed to diverse characters and stories- we teach our children, and ourselves,...

Mae Among The Stars By: Roda Ahmed

For Black History Month 2020, I wanted to showcase some amazing books that have been read, reread, forgotten, discovered, and reread yet again. I will be publishing each book on every Tuesday and Thursday throughout February. These are books for every level ; some for a ride in the stroller while others are longer, young adult books. Regardless of the anyones age, these are books that have a positive, progressive social message, or strong minority and/or female characters. They promote understanding of difference, diversity, and inclusion. By being exposed to diverse characters and stories- we teach our children, and ourselves,...

Book Review: The Little Dragon

In her latest book, the #1 best-selling, award-winning Little Series of children’s picture books author Sheri Fink, tells us a heartwarming tale of her new character, the little dragon who is busy dealing with many complex emotions. He’s angry, scared, lonely, and embarrassed. Sounds like a normal day, especially in younger children, where emotions are hardly predictable! A book like this demonstrates how we all can feel overwhelmed with emotions and not really know how to handle them. The little dragon eventually learns how to be more compassionate and discovers that playing together is always more fun! Both of my...

Book Review: El Perro con Sombrero meets Los Gatos con Gelatos

I stumble my way through the Spanish translations – trying to act casual.  My son, who knows far more Spanish than I do, starts correcting me and helping me to pronounce the difficult words.  He’s not using it as a “look what I know, silly old man” moment, thankfully, but more of a “here’s the correct way to say it, now let’s get back to the story.” That’s interesting to think about, the language didn’t matter, it was all about  the story.  To him, it was just another way of sharing the new adventures of a dog in a sombrero...