Ruby and the Booker Boys

The top of Dimples’ dresser this morning.

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One of Dimples’ favorite birthday gifts was a set of Ruby and the Booker Boys books.  She won a copy of Brand New School, Brave New Ruby in the library reading contest this summer and loved it.  Imagine my delight when she asked for more Ruby books for her birthday!

Ruby is a spunky African American third grader who has a loving family and lives in a friendly neighborhood.  Today I read Ruby Flips for Attention.    There was warm interaction between extended family members and loving older brothers (the Booker Boys) and parents.  The overall message was that it is more important to love and serve others than to strive for your own self-importance.   Very nice.

Dimples loves the fact that Ruby looks like her.  Let’s face it, we live in northern Idaho, and Dimples longs to have more girls and women with beautiful brown skin in her life.  Ruby’s mother even dances and has long braids, what could be better?

As I was reading today, I wondered about the author. When I saw his name was Derrick, I thought, “Bummer, the author is a man — he’d better not be white too.” I’m just being honest here. So, I googled him and went to his website. His bio was great; I love that he is married to a beautiful doctor and has three sons.  You’ll also be happy to know that he is African American 🙂

Amazon has a 4-for-3 promotion going on, so I ordered all four books even though we already owned one.  At $4.99 each (and one free), they are a great gift — and Christmas is coming.

Have your girls read the Ruby books? What do you think of them?

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Chantelle
    November 4, 2010

    I have just been looking for more appropriate books! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. amy
    November 4, 2010

    lisa, did you mean to use Dimple's name here? (K?) or is that someone else? xx

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 4, 2010

      Amy, thank you! I read over that post several times and never caught that.

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      1. amy
        November 4, 2010

        So glad to be of help—I've messed up with the fake name thing more than once! Something in the brain makes it difficult! Thanks so much for the comment on my blog—I agree with Russ, the loss part in foster care is so hard. I think I struggle with it differently because I'm single and without kids (bio or adopted)…but it would be hard on anyone. I do wish you could clone yourself and have a foster care blog too, that would be most helpful Lisa! Grace grace from south africa, AMY

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  3. Derrick
    November 4, 2010

    Bless you, and your amazing family Lisa.

    ddb

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  4. One Thankful Mom
    November 4, 2010

    Hey readers — this comment is from the author of the Ruby books — how neat is that?? I can't wait to show Dimples!

    Blessings to you too Mr. Barnes. Please write more books for our children that encourage them in their beauty and strength.

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  5. Donna Jordan
    November 4, 2010

    Thanks so much for the heads up. Look like great books!!

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  6. Susan PD
    November 4, 2010

    Hey, Hana has loved those books too!!

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  7. Michelle
    November 4, 2010

    I got the first book for my little E as a stocking stuffer. I can't wait for her to see it – it's a wonderful book. Now I need ideas for little boy books – all I know is the Akimbo series. I know my little B likes those. We live across the border from you in BC and there aren't enough brown skin people here either…

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  8. Leslie
    November 5, 2010

    That is great! We are going to look for those too!

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  9. learningpatience
    November 6, 2010

    Jumping up and down here – thank you for the suggestion! This is just what we need!

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  10. Polly
    November 8, 2010

    Thank you so much for sharing this!!! We are in the process of adoption and have chosen the name Ruby so this was just a fabulous find this cold morning, thank you thank you thank you!

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  11. ddb
    December 29, 2010

    Hope the posters arrived safely for you guys.
    Happily Holidays!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 29, 2010

      Dear Mr. Barnes,

      Thank you for the posters. I like them so much, most of all the one you put my name on. I am going to hang it next to my bed. I hope you write more Ruby books soon.

      Happy New Year!

      Sincerely,

      Dimples

      P.S. My Mom says thank you too! I am the luckiest girl ever.

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