This Monday, we did something EPIC!
Able to Teach and my first children’s book, The Rumble Hunters teamed up for an epic mash up! Congratulations to Donna Bush, she will be bringing home an autographed copy of my book! For those of you who entered, I want to thank you. And to those who didn’t, don’t worry, you still have a chance to purchase The Rumble Hunters and bring them home for an unforgettable adventure! But before you do, I didn’t feel right about leaving you empty handed if you were a poor unfortunate soul who didn’t win. So, here’s something else that’s epic, an epic countdown of my top 5 picks in diverse children’s books for 2020. But be sure to read until the end to see how you can purchase The Rumble Hunters, too!
#5 Stella Diaz Never Gives up by Angela Dominguez
Stella gets a big surprise when her mom plans a trip to visit their family in Mexico! Stella loves marine animals, and she can’t wait to see the ocean for the first time . . . until she arrives and learns that the sea and its life forms are in danger due to pollution.
Stella wants to save the ocean, but she knows she can’t do it alone. It’s going to take a lot of work and help from old and new friends to make a difference, but Stella Díaz never gives up! You won’t want to miss what else is in store for Stella!
#4 Patricia’s Vision: The Doctor who Saved Sight by Michelle Lord
I LOVE stories like this!
Born in the 1940s, Patricia Bath dreamed of being an ophthalmologist at a time when becoming a doctor wasn’t a career option for most women—especially African-American women. This empowering biography follows Dr. Bath in her quest to save and restore sight to the blind, and her decision to “choose miracles” when everyone else had given up hope. Along the way, she cofounded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, invented a specialized laser for removing cataracts, and became the first African-American woman doctor to receive a medical patent. Follow Dr. Bath’s journey as she leaves her mark on the world!
#3 Brown Sugar Babe by Charlotte Watson Sherman
OMGoodness!!! This cover alone makes my heart melt! But as I read the book’s description, I fell in love with it even more! See for yourself!
When a little girl has doubts about the color of her skin, her mother shows her all the wonderful, beautiful things brown can be! This message of self-love and acceptance uses rich, dreamy illustrations to celebrate the color using all the senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing. Through lyrical words and stunning illustrations, it soon becomes clear that this brown sugar babe should be proud of the skin she’s in.
#2 The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver by Gene Barretta
This book’s title had me the moment I saw it! My kids and I have been forever intrigued by George Washington Carver and all he did for our world! That’s why I can’t wait for this book to hit bookshelves in January 2020!
The inspirational story of George Washington Carver and his childhood secret garden is brought to life in this picture book biography by the author-illustrator team behind Muhammad Ali: A Champion Is Born.
When George Washington Carver was just a young child, he had a secret: a garden of his own. Here, he rolled dirt between his fingers to check if plants needed more rain or sun. He protected roots through harsh winters, so plants could be reborn in the spring. He trimmed flowers, spread soil, studied life cycles. And it was in this very place that George’s love of nature sprouted into something so much more—his future.
Gene Barretta’s moving words and Frank Morrison’s beautiful paintings tell the inspiring life and history of George Washington Carver, from a baby born into slavery to celebrated botanist, scientist, and inventor. His passion and determination are the seeds to this lasting story about triumph over hardship—a tale that begins in a secret garden.
#1 The Rumble Hunters by Courtney B. Dunlap
It was only fitting that on a countdown of my top 5 choices in diverse children’s books for 2020, I would include my very first children’s book! Sorry, I have no shame in this self plug my friends! So here’s what the fuss is all about. Its available for pre-order now through my website www.courtneybdunlap.com but will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books a Million in February 2020!!!! You can peek at my Amazon listing now to see for yourself. 😉
For the courageous Rumble Hunters, the things that go bump in the night don’t stand a chance! When James, their fearless leader, hears a curious rumble in the middle of the night, he embarks upon a late-night mission to “hunt that sound.” Along the way, he gathers a heroic band to aid in his quest. It’s hard to know who or what will be found, but one thing’s for sure — there’s fun to be had on this rip-roaring adventure.
Allow your imagination to run wild as you come along to help the Rumble Hunters catch this thunderous culprit!
If you’d like to bring The Rumble Hunters home with you, you can purchase your own copy at www.courtneybdunlap.com. If you’d like an autographed copy, feel free to drop me line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
I poured my heart into this tale and I hope you fall in love with it as much as I did when I wrote it! Thank you for all your love and support along the way. And thanks for reading!