My Take / Your Take Index

My Take / Your Take

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Themes and Featured Books

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May 2019
2019 Pura Belpré award winners and honor books

April 2019
Theme of Kindness in Picture Books
Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story
The Day War Came
The Day You Begin
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness

March 2019
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

February 2019
Tucson Festival of Books Picturebooks Authors and Illustrators
Alma and How She Got Her Name
I Got It!
A Bike Like Sergio’s
Finn’s Feather

January 2019
Simple Acts of Childhood: Children Sharing Agency with Adults
The Old Man
A Story Like the Wind
The Visitor
The House of the Lost and Found

December 2018
Queer/Gender Nonconforming Characters in Literature for Young People
Julian Is a Mermaid

November 2018
Global Perspectives on the Refugee and Immigrant Experience
La Frontera: El Viaje con Papá – My journey with Papa

October 2018
The Cycle of Life of Young Native Women
My Nana Hannah
For a Girl Becoming
Kinaaldá: A Navajo Girl Grows Up
The Gift of Changing Woman

September 2018
The Need to Escape
Town is by the Sea
Peter in Peril: Courage and Hope in WWII
Escape from Syria
When the Rain Comes

August 2018
Sense of Place
Pablo Finds a Treasure
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
Forest World

July 2018
Books Highlighting the Cultural Complexities of the Puerto Rican Experience
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tito Puente: Mambo King
The Coqui and the Iguana and Parrots Over Puerto Rico
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx and Grandma’s Records

June 2018
Emotional Health in Children’s Books
Life Without Nico
Orion and the Dark
The Bad Mood and the Stick
Sam’s Pet Temper

May 2018
Situations of Pain and Bravery
Bronze and Sunflower
The Hired Girl
The Book Of Dust, Volume I, La Belle Sauvage
Escape From Aleppo
Connecting Our Reading to Each Other and Further Readings

April 2018
2018 American Library Association (ALA) Award Winners
All Around Us
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Long Way Down
Hello, Universe

March 2018
Books by Authors and Illustrators Attending the 2018 Tucson Festival of Books
Drum Dream Girl
When Dimple Met Rishi

February 2018
Schneider Family Award Winning Picturebooks
Emmanuel’s Dream
Back to Front and Upside Down
The Pirate of Kindergarten
Six Dots

January 2018
Representation of the Fox
The Fox and the Wild
The Fox Wish
The Secret Life of the Red Fox
Little Fox in the Forest

December 2017
Books With Fresh Perspectives on Familiar Characters
A Boy, A Mouse, and A Spider: The Story of E.B. White
Real Cowboys
Her Right Foot
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

November 2017
Books that Support Young Readers’ Understanding of Refugees
The Silence Seeker
Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival
The Journey
Leaving My Homeland: A Refugee’s Journey from Syria

October 2017
Identity, Voice, Opposition and Truth
The Hate U Give
Wolf Hollow
All American Boys
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

September 2017
Continuation Through Adaptability and Change
The Tree in the Courtyard
My Grandfather’s Coat
Seven and a Half Tons Of Steel

August 2017
Rethinking Conceptual Otherness In History: Exploring Untold Histories in the U.S. and Global Communities
A Diamond in the Desert
Bronze and Sunflower
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War
Lion Island

July 2017
Books Based in the U.S. that Feature Characters with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities
The Red Tree
Virginia Wolf
Jack’s Worry
The Snurtch

June 2017
Books that Highlight Multiple Forms of Protest and the Power of Voice
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet
Stand Up and Sing!
Counting on Community
Mama’s Nightingale

May 2017
MTYT was on hiatus.

April 2017
New Perspectives on Picturebooks
Cry, Heart, but Never Break
What’s Your Story?
Samira and the Skeletons
Duck, Death and the Tulip

February 2017
Books Based in the U.S. that Won the Schneider Family Award for Portrayal of the Disability Experience
The Deaf Musicians
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
The Pirate of Kindergarten
Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum

January 2017
Adolescent Literature that Features Coming Out Stories of Transgender and Gender Fluid Adolescents
I Am J
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
Symptoms of Being Human

December 2016
Examining Morally Complicated YA Literature
The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity
Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos

November 2016
World War II and Its Aftermath
The War that Saved My Life
Salt to the Sea
A Night Divided
Symphony for the City of the Dead

October 2016
Artists’ Use of Perspective in Picture Books
Look Up!
Ben Rides On
Twenty Yawns
School’s First Day of School

September 2016
The Whisper
Use Your Imagination (But be careful what you wish for!)
The Wonder

August 2016
Global Books that Won the Schneider Family Award
Django: World’s Greatest Jazz Guitarist
Back to Front and Upside Down
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
Kami and the Yaks
A Boy and a Jaguar

July 2016
Young People’s Inner Journey to Grow and Discover Their Agency
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal
Full Cicada Moon
A Time to Dance
Written and Drawn by Henrietta

June 2016
Children and the Trauma of Separation
Life Without Nico
Luis Paints the World
The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head
Don’t Call me Grandma

May 2016
Art in Picturebooks
Arctic White
The Night World
Out of the Woods
Daniel Finds a Poem

April 2016
Small Acts of Kindness and Cooperation Make a Difference
The Red Apple
Why Dogs Have Wet Noses
My Two Blankets
Two White Rabbits

March 2016
USBBY’s Outstanding International Books (OIB)
I Am a Bear
Moon Bear
The Last Leaves Falling
Like a Wolf
Wangari Maathai

February 2016
ALA Award Winners
Last Stop on Market Street
Funny Bones — Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras

January 2016
A Thematic Dialogue on Selected Books
Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
The First Drawing

December 2015
Books that Portray or Could Inspire Social Justice Activism
In A Cloud of Dust
The Promise
The Soda Bottle School: A True Story of Recycling, Teamwork, and One Crazy Idea
Twenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank

November 2015
Depictions of Strong Women in Children’s and Adolescent Literature
The Saga of Gudrid the Far-Traveler
Dance of the Banished
The Good Braider

October 2015
The Use of Red in Picturebook Art
Louise Loves Art
Nana in the City
Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray, and a Book-loving Rubber Ball
The Wonder

September 2015
A First Grade Classroom’s Perspective
Big Red Lollipop
The Sandwich Swap
The Name Jar
The Hello, Goodbye Window

August 2015
Strong and Thought Provoking Wordless Books
Time Flies
The Girl and the Bicycle
Here I Am

July 2015
What/Who Empowers Young Children in Their Lives?
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
My Family Tree and Me
My Pen
Red Kite, Blue Kite

June 2015
Books That Feature Cuba
Under the Royal Palms
The Rooster Who Went to His Uncle’s Wedding, The Bossy Gallito, Baila, Nana, Baila: Cuban Folktales in English and Spanish
The Lightning Dreamer

May 2015
The Caldecott Award winners
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
Viva Frida
The Noisy Paint Box: the colors and sounds of Kandinsky’s abstract art

April 2015
Movement (or relocation) Across Communities
Golden Boy
The Turtle of Oman
Rachel’s Promise
My Cousin’s Keeper

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