First 5 LA’s February, 2020 Books

February 14th is Valentine’s Day! Celebrate this love-filled holiday with these books:

This is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins

A charming book that celebrates all forms of love in a unique way. Accompanied by special drawings that depict the sweet text, this book is an excellent pick for Valentine’s Day.

Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane deGroat

Gilbert the Opossum has to write valentine poems for all fifteen of his classmates. But he has trouble writing a nice poem for two of his classmates that have bullied him. What happens when he writes something not-so-nice to these classmates? A great story for Valentine’s Day that also shows the importance of kindness and forgiveness.

The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Jan Brett

The bears have never celebrated Valentine’s Day because they are always asleep during the winter! What happens when Mrs. Bear wakes up to celebrate Valentine’s Day for Mr. Bear?

February is Black History Month! Learn about important black figures in history with these books:

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

This book tells the story of Fannie Lou Hamer, an important civil rights activist. With poignant rhyming words accompanied by vibrant illustrations, this book tells a story of the struggle for representation and voting equality.

Rosa’s Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights by Jo S. Kittinger, Illustrated by Steven Walker

Follow the true story of Rosa Parks’ historic act of protest that sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the best-known and important events of the civil rights movement in the 1950s.

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freeman

This book tells the true story of four African American women who helped get the first humans in space. An inspiring look at what it took to overcome racism and prejudice to achieve the impossible.

February 17th is Presidents Day! Read about the presidents with these books:

The Big Book of Presidents: From George Washington to Barack Obama by Nancy J. Hajeski

Learn about the presidents of the United States with this informative read! Accompanied by historical and fun facts, this book is a great introduction to U.S. presidents.

Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

Learn about the 16th president of the United States: Abraham Lincoln! How did he grow up and become such an important figure in American history? This book tells the inspiring story of Honest Abe.

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day Indigenous Peoples' Day — while not a federal holiday — is recognized on the second Monday in October by many cities and states in the United States, including the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and California. The day...

Celebrating Filipino American History Month

Celebrating Filipino American History Month

Celebrating Filipino American History Month Each year, the United States recognizes Filipino American History during the month of October. As the second-largest Asian American group in the country and the third-largest ethnic group in California, Filipino Americans...

For This New Mom, a Doula was the Key to Joyous Childbirth

For This New Mom, a Doula was the Key to Joyous Childbirth

For This New Mom, a Doula was the Key to Joyous Childbirth When Terika Hameth found out she was pregnant last year, her initial joy was soon overwhelmed by anxiety. “I thought, ‘What if I die?’” she said. Her fear was not misplaced. Black women in Los Angeles County...

First 5 LA Hall of Heroes: Labor Day

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First 5 LA Hall of Heroes: Labor Day You are your child’s first teacher and are very important to their intellectual growth. From the beginning, your baby is learning language skills that will help with learning how to read, write and communicate out loud in the...

Black Breastfeeding Week is August 25-31!

Black Breastfeeding Week is August 25-31!

Black Breastfeeding Week is August 25-31! When it comes to breastfeeding, racial equity is an issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control, fewer than 60% of Black mothers have ever breastfed compared to 75% of white mothers. Breastfeeding builds immunities, is...

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