As our kids grow up, they will encounter a wonderfully diverse world filled with people who are unlike themselves in various ways.

Therefore, we must help them find the courage to embrace their individuality when faced with feelings of being different, showing them that it’s what’s inside that counts.

And so, as we proudly celebrate Black History Month and the three-year anniversary of The Neighborly Reviews Bookcast, we honor one African-American trailblazer, who is helping children nationwide to remember that our diverse qualities should be a cause for celebration, not division, for we are all special just the way we are.

We cordially invite you and your little ones to join David Newell (who played the beloved Mr. McFeely on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood), along with our John Masiulionis and Little Forrest for Ep. #36 of PR From The Heart’s Neighborly Reviews Bookcast, as they share Chandra Lockett’s award-winning Oinkers and Bananas Series (What’s In a Name?, Bubble Trouble, and Let’s Eat Cake!

We encourage you, our fellow neighbors, to support Chandra by purchasing your copies of the Oinkers and Bananas Series and enjoying these empowering reads with your little ones:

What’s In a Name?:

Bubble Trouble:

Let’s Eat Cake!:

PR From The Heart’s Neighborly Reviews Bookcast is proud to support Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh chapter of the oldest and largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization in the United States, which helps to provide children from low-income households in the city with the necessary resources, motivation, and opportunities to develop a life-long love of reading. ✨

Last year, Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh helped to place over 100,000 books in the hands of over 23,000 children in Pittsburgh who needed them most.

Should you feel guided to make a contribution to Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh, to support their wonderful organization and their mission for the children of Pittsburgh, you are welcome to donate via their official website:


Neighborly Reviews Bookcast Episode #36: What’s In A Name? | Bubble Trouble | Let’s Eat Cake!