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All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

Through the eyes of one little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South. Since then, the observance of June 19 as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Other Descriptors: Historical Fiction, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9), United States of America » Themes: , , , » 1 Comment

Goldy Luck And The Three Pandas

One Chinese New Year, her mother sends Goldy Luck to the pandas next door with a plate of turnip cakes, but the pandas are out. Goldy tries out their rice porridge, chairs, and beds and disaster follows. Includes a recipe for turnip cakes and an explanation of Chinese New Year.

Other Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), Japan, Picture Book » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

Paper Son

Twelve-year-old Lee, an orphan, reluctantly leaves his grandparents in China for the long sea voyage to San Francisco, where he and other immigrants undergo examinations at Angel Island Immigration Station.

Other Descriptors: China, Historical Fiction, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

The Great Day

In simple text this book follows the daily activities of a young boy who is always the first in every activity–waking up, eating breakfast, playing, and getting ready for bed.

Other Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), Japan, Picture Book » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

100 Hungry Monkeys!

This playful picture book encourages pre-readers and early readers to explore the concept of 100. Unusual in that it is a narrative-driven counting book, it offers a delightful and lively story about 100 hungry monkeys who set out to find themselves some food. Once their bellies are full, they all settle in for a nap, […]

Other Descriptors: Counting book, Early Years (ages 2-6), Japan, Picture Book » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

Going Over

It is February 1983, and Berlin is a divided city with a miles-long barricade separating east from west. But the city isn’t the only thing that is divided. Ada lives among the rebels, punkers, and immigrants of Kreuzberg in West Berlin. Stefan lives in East Berlin, in a faceless apartment bunker of Friedrichshain. Bound by […]

Other Descriptors: Germany, Historical Fiction, Young Adult (ages 14-18) » Themes: , , , , , , » 1 Comment

Diamond Boy

“Diamonds for everyone.” That’s what fifteen-year-old Patson Moyo hears when his family arrives in the Marange diamond fields. Soon Patson is working in the mines himself, hoping find his girazi–the priceless that stone that could change his life forever. But when the government’s soldiers comes to Marange, Patson’s world is shattered. Set against the backdrop […]

Other Descriptors: Intermediate (ages 9-14), Realistic Fiction, Young Adult (ages 14-18), Zimbabwe » Themes: , , » Leave a comment

The Race

Get ready, get set, GO! A group of caribou gather together to run a race. Starting at the beginning of the course, readers join in the fun as the caribou engage in some rather outlandish tricks in order to be the first to cross the finish line. (Banana skins, for example, are an effective way […]

Other Descriptors: Early Years (ages 2-6), Europe, Fantasy, France, Picture Book » Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment

How Does My Garden Grow?

Sophie lives in the city, and her vegetables come from the supermarket. Then she goes to visit her grandparents in the countryside — and soon discovers how much there is to learn about how things grow! Sophie helps her grandfather through the different seasons, finding out about mulching onions, eating flowers, weeding, bees, making salad, […]

Other Descriptors: Europe, France, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9), Realistic Fiction » Themes: , , , » Leave a comment

Is This Panama? :

When Sammy, a young Wilson’s warbler, wakes up one frosty August morning near the Arctic Circle, he instinctively knows that it’s time to make his first migratory journey south to Panama. But there’s one problem — where’s Panama? All the other warblers having left without him, Sammy sets off on his journey by himself, stopping […]

Other Descriptors: International, Picture Book, Primary (ages 6-9) » Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment
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