[This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.]
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?
This post may contain Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.