Kids Book Review: Gillespie Dancing

The kids were thrilled to hear I had a book for us to review. Nori is all about someone reading stories to her since she doesn’t know how to read yet. Nasir is a natural reader and loves books. If you follow me on IG/FB (you totally should) you see pics from our trips to the library.

Book Title: Gillespie Dancing  |  Author: Tina Streeter  |  Illustrator: Daphne Williams

Purchase: Amazon  |  Reading Level: 3

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.
All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Don’t worry, I shan’t tell a lie.

Gillespie Dancing Book

The kids grabbed their comfy chairs for a story.

Gillespie Dancing is cute family story about naming a child. The Dancing Family is expecting a new bundle of joy and struggle with giving him the perfect name. Like most families everyone wants you to name your kid after them. Family gets so caught up in what they want they forget to consider what the new parents want. That would ring true for this family as well.

Gillespie Dancing Book

Tina Streeter, author of Gillespie Dancing nicely blends in a touch of culture. The Dancing’s have a naming ceremony for their new born. I wasn’t familiar with the practice but after reading the story I loved it.

Illustrator, Daphne Williams includes the colorful graphics in the book. She has a pencil sketch technique that gives me a bit of nostalgia. My son loves to draw, so the kids and I spent some time discussing the images. Nori laughed at anything she thought was silly.

Gillespie Dancing Book

We really enjoyed reading Gillespie Dancing. We even discussed how Dad and I were so particular about naming them. We were determined to name them what we wanted and we did. We didn’t want long first names, we wanted great meanings, we didn’t want them to be common but we did want them to be resume friendly. We also didn’t reveal their names until they were born.

Nasir: {Arabic} friend, helper or victorious

Nori: {Japanese} belief   Michelle: {French/Hebrew} Who is Like God.

How did you come up with kids names? Did you have any type of cultural naming ceremonies?

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Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Liz G.

    This is so cute! I am collecting childrens books and putting them in a dust protected box so when I have my first child they will have an entire library:) This will be added to my list.

  2. becca

    first I have to sat your kids are too cute. I also love seeing kids read it is so inspiring.

  3. Christy Maurer

    I am a huge book lover 🙂 These pictures are adorable! I’m glad your kids got this book to review! Love the meanings of your children’s names too!

  4. Charity L.

    Hmm, this sounds like an interesting book. In picking names we went to the Bible for our inspiration. I love your children’s names by the way:)

  5. Ida

    What a cute concept for a children’s book. By the way, I love your children’s names.

  6. Kat

    I have a number of kid’s books my daughter is too young to play with yet (she’s 14 months). I look forward to adding this one and whipping out all of those someday 🙂

  7. Shonda

    This is a new one for us. Thanks for sharing. Yesterday was my son’s book fair and he came home with 4 new books to read. Love their love of reading.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Nice Shonda, I always loved the book fair growing up. I would mark up the list and hand it over to my mom for approval. Now my son does the same thing.

  8. Uplifting Families

    This sounds like a cute book. It’s important for kids to read.

  9. Sara R

    Sounds like such an interesting book! Thanks for the review! (:

  10. Stacie

    I love when I come across books geared towards African Americans. It’s so refreshing!

  11. Becky

    Love kids books. Love the idea to.
    We have more books than anything in the house.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Becky, your home sounds like mine. The books have taken over and I’m having a hard time finding a home for them.

  12. Christine @MomsNCharge

    That sounds adorable! With our first born we decided not to find out the sex of the baby until birth. So we came up with two names. We had two if it were a boy and two for a girl. We ended up with a boy and when we had our first daughter, I still loved the name Olivia so that’s what she got. And the last girl we wanted great meaning, not too common but simple and resume friendly…a friend recommended Brielle and we loved it.

    • MimiCuteLips

      I love that, I love stories behind the meaning of peoples names. I see some names and wonder how did they get that one. So cute. My sister wanted to name my niece Olivia she ended up with Alexis. lol

  13. T. Espinoza

    Love it! Seems like a great book to use as a springboard for the ‘how’d I get my name?’ conversation. Meaning was important to us for our boys names so that was definitely a consideration. I also wanted to make sure to honor my husbands Mexican heritage so we considered that too.

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