The Secret Elephant: Inspired By A True Story Of Friendship

Amidst the antics of monkeys and the presence of lions and giraffes, a looming war casts a shadow over the once-bustling zoo. As visitors dwindle and fear pervades the air, most animals seek solace with their companions, leaving one baby elephant alone and vulnerable. Amidst the chaos of bombs and uncertainty, the elephant’s keeper remains a steadfast presence, offering comfort and companionship.

When the situation becomes untenable, the keeper makes a bold decision to bring the elephant home, forging an unbreakable bond between them. Despite the challenges of concealing such a large creature, their friendship endures, even when wartime pressures demand the elephant’s return to the zoo. Undeterred by separation, the keeper stands by her friend’s side, finding solace amidst the chaos of conflict.

Inspired by a poignant true story from the Belfast Zoo during World War II, this book resonates with the spirit of resilience and empathy, reminiscent of beloved tales like “The One and Only Ivan” and the acclaimed documentary “The Elephant Whisperer.”

Let’s Play In The Park / Juguemos En El Parque (My Friend, Mi Amigo)

In the third installment of the My Friend, Mi amigo series, Joe and José embark on a playful adventure in the park. As they engage in various games and activities, their friendship blossoms while bridging language barriers. Follow along as these two companions, one English-speaking and the other Spanish-speaking, navigate the joys of climbing, sliding, and forging new connections. Ideal for preschoolers and early grade learners, this bilingual tale offers an immersive reading experience for families delving into English and Spanish.

Both Laínez, hailing from El Salvador, and Perez, originally from Puerto Rico, infuse their cultural backgrounds into the story, enriching the narrative with authenticity and warmth. For more bilingual adventures, explore titles like Let’s Be Friends, Seamos Amigos, and We Play Soccer / Jugamos al fútbol by the same talented duo.

Big Sister, Long Coat

A book about sisterly love and all that goes with it! Little sister is thrilled to spend the day with her big sister, but much to her disappointment, their plans have to change as their environment changes around them – ice cream melts in the hot sun, library closes before they arrive, and suddenly they are trapped in the rain. What are they to do? This was not how little sister thought the day would go. But big sister knows just what to do – even if all they do is splash in puddles and find delight in the nature around them. Indeed, the day did not go as planned, but it ended up being better!

Avocado Magic

Ellie finds herself disappointed when she wakes up on her birthday and realizes she hasn’t grown taller overnight. However, her father shares a comforting secret with her: just like the small but magical avocado pit, Ellie is full of potential and growth.

Together, Ellie and her father plant an avocado seed by the window and patiently watch as both Ellie and the avocado plant begin to flourish. As they nurture the plant, Ellie learns valuable lessons about patience, perseverance, and the wonders of nature.

Inspired by the childhood experiences of Israeli artist and writer, Taltal Levi, this story captures the universal magic of growth and transformation. Included with the story are instructions for growing your own avocado tree, inviting readers to embark on their own journey of discovery and growth alongside Ellie.

The Suitcase

“The Suitcase” by  the author from the hit-television series Friends, is a heartwarming picture book that captures the transformative power of discovery and imagination. When a young boy visits his grandparents for the summer, he finds himself longing for excitement amidst the routine of reading and gardening. However, his perspective shifts when he stumbles upon a hidden suitcase in the attic, brimming with treasures and mysterious photographs. As he delves into the images of a young couple embarking on daring adventures and joyous escapades, the boy’s curiosity is piqued. Who are these adventurous souls captured in the photographs?

Bilingue, Superhéroe / Bilingual, Super Hero

In Jorge Argueta’s delightful children’s book, meet Gerónimo Pérez, affectionately known as Bilingual. Embracing his bilingual identity with pride, Gerónimo effortlessly navigates between English and Spanish, reveling in the richness and fluidity of both languages. With a playful spirit, Gerónimo describes the joy of seamlessly switching between languages, likening it to a dance and savoring the taste of words on his tongue. He embraces his role as a linguistic bridge, effortlessly translating for his family and helping others in need. Accompanied by Elizabeth Gómez’s whimsical illustrations, this book celebrates the boundless enthusiasm and positivity of a young boy embracing his bilingual heritage. With its empowering message and vibrant storytelling, “Bilingual Superhero” is a captivating read that encourages children to embrace their linguistic abilities and reimagine what it means to be a hero.

The Mochi Makers

In this heartwarming story, a young girl and her grandmother take joy in a timeless tradition that celebrates family, heritage, and the power of memory. As Emi and Obaachan come together to make mochi, they honor a recipe that has been passed down through generations. With each step, they mix, pound, twist, and wrap, transforming simple ingredients into sticky, chewy Japanese rice cakes bursting with color and flavor.

Through the joyous act of making mochi, Emi and Obaachan find solace in the shared experience, weaving threads of love and tradition into each bite. As they laugh, reminisce, and embrace the present moment, they discover that the true magic of mochi lies not only in its delicious taste but also in the bonds of family and the memories that endure.

A Bindi Can Be …

A young girl embarks on a journey of discovery alongside her grandmother, Paati, as they explore the significance of bindis—the traditional red dot worn between the brows in Indian culture. Eager to understand the meaning behind the bindi, the girl learns from her grandmother the art of making one. Together, they blend turmeric, sandalwood powder, and ghee in a clay pot until the mixture transforms into a vibrant red hue—a process filled with magic and tradition. As they create bindis of various shapes and sizes, the girl realizes that her bindi represents more than just a dot. It is a symbol of celebration during festivals like Diwali, a source of inner calm and focus during everyday life, and a connection to her cultural heritage.

Angela’s Glacier

From the moment of her birth, Angela’s father introduces her to the glacier, carrying her on his back as they journey across its icy expanse. As Angela grows, so does her connection to the glacier, which becomes a trusted confidant and listener to her deepest thoughts and feelings. However, as Angela’s life becomes busier with school, hobbies, and friends, she begins to drift away from her beloved glacier. It’s not until she experiences a troubling heartache that she realizes the solace and wisdom the glacier offers.

In a heartwarming journey of self-discovery and connection to nature, Angela learns the importance of slowing down and reconnecting with the things that truly matter. With the guidance of her father, she rediscovers the healing power of her ancient icy friend.

Pedro And The Monster Eater / Pedro Y Los Devoradores De Monstruos

Pedro is a young boy from a family of talented artists specializing in papier-mâché sculptures. Growing up surrounded by creativity, Pedro learns the art of crafting piñatas, masks, and mojigangas—giant puppets used in Mexico’s vibrant parades and festivals. As Pedro grows older, he becomes increasingly involved in the family business, honing his skills in papier-mâché sculpture. However, tragedy strikes when Pedro falls ill, plagued by terrifying nightmares of the mojigangas coming to life and chasing him. In his dreams, he is saved by fierce creatures called alebrijes, who devour the monsters. Inspired by his dreams, Pedro begins to recreate the alebrijes using paper and glue, infusing them with vibrant colors and intricate patterns. Soon, his creations attract attention from far and wide, and people flock to buy Pedro’s monster eaters.

Based on the life of artist Pedro Linares, this bilingual picture book weaves together the fascinating origin story of Mexico’s beloved folk art with striking illustrations of the magical creatures Pedro creates. It serves as a captivating introduction to the world of art for young readers and a celebration of creativity, resilience, and the power of imagination. Perfect for parents and teachers seeking to inspire children’s interest in art and cultural traditions.