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The Book Thief

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Other Descriptors: Awards, Europe, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult (ages 14-18) » Themes: , , , , » Leave a comment

Over The Ocean

A young girl gazes out over the horizon, and wonders what lands lie beyond the ocean, and what the people are like who live in those lands.

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

Builder Mouse

Edgar the mouse is frustrated when his architectural and artistic creations, made from tasty leftovers, are gobbled up by other mice, until he finds the perfect solution.

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

A Piece of Home

When Hee Jun’s family moves from Korea to West Virginia, he struggles to adjust to his new home. His eyes are not big and round like his classmates’, and he can’t understand anything the teacher says, even when she speaks s-l-o-w-l-y and loudly at him. As he lies in bed at night, the sky seems […]

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

A Whale In The Bathtub

Bruno, who is known for his imaginative tales, is unable to convince his family that he is really trying to take his bath, but the whale in the tub refuses to leave.

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

The Storyteller

Long, long ago, like a pearl around a grain of sand, the Kingdom of Morocco formed at the edge of the great, dry Sahara. It had fountains of cool, refreshing water to quench the thirst of the desert, and storytellers to bring the people together. But as the kingdom grew, the people forgot the dangers […]

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

The Jungle Book

First published over a century ago, these three unabridged stories from THE JUNGLE BOOK about the man-cub, Mowgli, have delighted adults and children ever since. The stories tell of Mowgli’s upbringing among the wolves; his lessons in the Law of the Jungle from Baloo the bear, Bagheera the black panther, and Kaa the python; his […]

Other Descriptors: Asia, Fiction, Intermediate (ages 9-14) » Themes: , » Leave a comment


Nadia Comaneci was a feisty and fearless little girl who went from climbing trees in the forests of Romania to swinging into history at the 1976 Olympic Games, where she received an unprecedented seven perfect scores in gymnastics. But as readers will see in this first-ever illustrated picture book about Nadia’s journey to Olympic gold, […]

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

The Storm

A little boy is excited about a trip to the beach with his parents planned for the following day. But a bad storm is coming, and he has started to worry they won’t be able to go. He watches as the sky grows darker through the afternoon. His mother and father close the shutters and […]

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

Alfie’s Lost Sharkie

It’s time for bed, and a little alligator named Alfie can’t find his most important toy. Where could it be?

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