The Bear Who Shared

Norris the bear has been waiting patiently for the last ripe fruit to fall from the tree. But Tulip the raccoon and Violet the mouse have too . . . although maybe not so patiently. In fact, Tulip and Violet sniff, listen to, and even hug the fruit. Norris catches the fruit when it finally falls, and because he is a wise bear, he shares it and makes two new friends. A lovely simplicity of language and gorgeous artwork make this story of one of life’s first lessons perfect for the youngest listeners.

Birdsong

A lone bird sits in a big tree, merrily singing its tune to the world. But soon it will be joined by a friend, and then another, and another. . . . As each colorful bird lands on the branch of the tree it joins the last in a cheerful song. But one flashy bird wants to rule the roost – until something small changes his tune.

Ana’s Story: A Journey Of Hope

Ana’s story begins the day she is born with HIV, transmitted from her mother, who dies just a few years later. From then on, Ana’s childhood becomes a blur of secrets—about her illness, her family, and the abuse she endures. Shuffled from home to home, Ana rarely finds safety or acceptance. But after she falls in love and becomes pregnant at seventeen, she embarks on a journey that leads her to new beginnings, new sorrows, and new hope. Based on her work with UNICEF and inspired by the framework of one girl’s life, Jenna Bush tells the story of many children around the world who are excluded from basic care, support, and education. Resources at the back of this book share how you can help children like Ana and protect yourself and others.

A Season for Mangoes

Sareen is attending her first sit-up, a Jamaican tradition that celebrates the life of a loved one who has died. The whole village has come to share memories of Sareen’s Nana. Sareen wants to tell her stories of Nana’s last mango season and their search for the perfect mango, but she’s afraid the words won’t come or that she’ll begin to cry. It’s only when Sareen faces her fear that she realizes it’s not the sadness of Nana’s death that she’ll remember best but the joy of Nana’s life.Set amid the rich culture and lush scenery of Jamaica, this moving book offers the hope of rediscovering joy after a loss and pays tribute to the remarkable power of story: to touch, to connect, and to heal.

Stories of Mexico’s Independence Days and Other Bilingual Children’s Fables

This collection of six bilingual children’s stories takes a regional and historical emphases. Sixteen provides the background of September 16, Mexico’s day of independence from Spain, and places it in a present-day context with which children can easily identify. “The Little General” teaches children about Cinco de Mayo through a young boy who helps save his village from the approaching French army. The remaining four stories are fables that impart important moral themes to young readers. In “Sweetie, the Lion that Thought He Was a Sheep,” children learn to respect different backgrounds and abilities. “A Parrot for Christmas” demonstrates the friendship children can share with animals and “Orlando, the Circus Bear” emphasizes the importance of compassion toward animals. “A Horse Called ‘Miracle’” teaches the value of helping others in need. Each story is followed with discussion questions to help children recall the story’s key details and suggestions for classroom activities designed to stimulate curiosity and expand knowledge of historical events. From Stories of Mexico’s Independence Days:“Sweetie, the Lion that Thought He Was a Sheep”All the animals in the forest and the fields were trembling! They were afraid something frightful was happening. The lions were roaring so loudly that the ground was shaking. No one had ever heard the lions roar that way before.The rabbits gathered together in small groups, very much afraid. “What is happening to the lions?” asked one rabbit. “I have never heard such a deafening ROOOAR, ROOOAR, ROOOAR.”“Sweetie, el león que se creía borreguito”Todos los animales en la selva y en los campos estaban temblando; tenían miedo que algo terrible fuera a suceder. Los leones estaban gruñiendo tan fuerte que daba miedo de veras. Numca se les había oído gruñir tan fuerte.Los conejitos se juntaban en grupos pequeños, bien asustados todos. “¿Qué les está sucediendo a los leones?” preguntaba un conejito. “Nunca he oído unos GRUÑIDOS, GRUÑIDOS, GRUÑIDOS, como esos.”Reading level grades 3-4