Rainbow Hands

When a young boy paints his nails with his mom’s nail polish, he discovers the most important thing of all: the magic of being his true self.

As the long late summer day stretches ahead of them, a young boy eagerly looks forward to his favorite time—painting-your-nails time. He know that when he dips into those magical bottles of nail polish, he will discover a color to express his every mood and feeling. Purple is the color of magic and mystery. White is the color of endless possibilities. At times, his papa frowns and says, “What have you done to your nails?” At other times, he says, “Why don’t you paint on paper instead?” But the little boy knows that painting his nails makes his hands look beautiful.

This color-filled story celebrates the joy of finding out who you are and embracing the courage to be yourself.

We Are Water Protectors

When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.

This book is discussed in WOW Review: Volume 14, Issue 2, WOW Currents: Water In Indigenous Children’s Literature, and WOW Currents: Environmental Sciences.

When Mom’s Away

Things are changing for one little girl whose mom is a busy doctor. When her mom has to be in quarantine―sleeping on a cot in their garage to keep the family safe from the virus―the girl does her best to be brave. She and her dad spend time together, she goes to school online, and she helps her grandparents too…making sure to wave so they know it’s her! They join their neighbours outside to thank the doctors and nurses around the world for their hard work. But of course the highlight of the day is when mom comes home, and they wave to each other through the window.

Alone Together: A Tale Of Friendship And Hope

It isn’t a normal sort of a day. The sun is up, the birds are out, but everybody’s indoors. Having to stay home can be confusing and lonely for children. Julia Seal highlights the importance of friendship and community during these challenging times. The message of hope will help children see the power of togetherness, and understand that even though we might feel like we’re alone, we’re alone together.

Windows

Told through the voices―and windows―of children from around the world, this story’s comforting message and bright illustrations bring hope into your home even as our world changes outside. The book’s beautiful design reveals similarities―“In different windows everywhere, I see rainbows, hearts, and teddy bears”―that can comfort and unite us, even in hard times.

While I Wait

While it is difficult for adults to understand the extent of changes in the world brought about by the 2020 pandemic, it must be so much more confusing to children. Waiting and spending time indoors while a favorite park is closed or school is shut down has been a constant companion for children in 2020.

When The World Went Quiet

During the global pandemic in early 2020, stories of wildlife showing up in unexpected places began to emerge. From foxes cavorting in gardens to geese sunbathing in Israel, these stories invited us to take pause, gaze with wonder, and enjoy the whimsy of seeing creatures explore what was previously primarily a human habitat. In this book for children of all ages, Martina’s magical words combine with artist Kelly Ulrich’s inspired illustrations to create a book that takes you on a journey around the world from the comfort of your own living room, while also gently highlighting the balance between nature and humanity.

La Vida Secreta De Los Virus

¿Qué es un virus? ¿Cuántos hay a nuestro alrededor? ¿Dónde viven estos microorganismos invisibles al ojo humano? Las respuestas, adaptadas a lectores de todas las edades. Después de las pupas y los mocos, es el turno de los virus, el tercer título de la exitosa colección “La vida secreta de…”. Las ilustraciones son también de Mariona Tolosa Sisteré. Una herramienta para familiarizar a los más pequeños con los virus, saber cómo protegerse de estos y descubrir que la mayoría son inofensivos.