Just like Oprah, I love it when I find a NEW FAVORITE THING! At the moment it just so happens to be Vanessa Brantley-Newton , illustrator extraordinaire! Why do I love her? Because she's doing what I wish my hands would've done better than writing... drawing! Why should you care? Well, more than likely if you're reading my blog, then you're a bibliophile ! Brantley-Newton is getting my kiddos--minority and not--to see DIVERSELY when it comes to illustrating books! And, there's nothing wrong with that! Feel free to use this cute trailer based on samples from the book: The Hula-hoopin' Queen from AwakenLibrarian on Vimeo . Here's my review that includes her vibrant and diverse illustrations! The Hula-Hoopin' Queen by Thelma Lynne Godin My rating: 5 of 5 stars I LOVED THIS BOOK! Mainly because I considered myself the HHQ in my neighborhood! Don't ask me to do it anymore, for it's a hot mess! Kameeka and Jamara are typical "