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Books for a Merry Global Christmas!

Did your family, like ours, have a great little stash of Christmas books?  Books that emerged with the tree ornaments once a year and were as evocative of the season as any aroma of fir tree or gingerbread? As you build your family's own collection of Christmas books, or think about gift books for extended … Continue reading "Books for a Merry Global Christmas!"

Every Man Heart Lay Down

Here is the story of the birth of Jesus retold in the idiom of Liberians newly acquainted with the English language. To the storytellers of Liberia, Bible stories become poems, or spoken songs. So it is with this simple and tender version of the Nativity. Long out of print, this special picture book is available … Continue reading “Every Man Heart Lay Down”

Maps, Atlases, and Travel Encyclopedias: Great Holiday Gifts for the Whole Family!

Kids love stories, but they also love maps and atlases - especially ones with beautiful photos and fun, fascinating facts.   Not to mention games, recipes, and puzzles! Here are some fantastic gift ideas for this holiday season - something for everyone!   First up are books of maps, starting with a wonderful Pop-Up Atlas for … Continue reading "Maps, Atlases, and Travel Encyclopedias: Great Holiday Gifts for the Whole Family!"

Children Just Like Me: A new celebration of children around the world

A favorite in classrooms, libraries, and homes, Children Just Like Me is a comprehensive view of international cultures, exploring diverse backgrounds from Argentina to New Zealand to China to Israel. With this brand new edition, children will learn about their peers around the world through engaging photographs and understandable text laid out in DK’s distinctive … Continue reading “Children Just Like Me: A new celebration of children around the world”

My Pop-up World Atlas

Watch the whole world spring to life! Budding geographers will love to immerse themselves in this fun, bright, fact-packed first atlas with lots of detailed illustrations. Each continent has its own spread, with pop-ups, flaps, booklets, and sturdy pull-tabs introducing the world’s countries, inhabitants, and famous landmarks.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics)

 “An extraordinary book, one no reader will fail to find compelling and unforgettable.” —Booklist, starred review The star of her school’s running team, Sadako is lively and athletic…until the dizzy spells start. Then she must face the hardest race of her life—the race against time. Based on a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes … Continue reading “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics)”

Town Is by the Sea

A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather’s grave after lunch and comes home to a simple family dinner, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea. Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator of Sidewalk Flowers, show … Continue reading “Town Is by the Sea”

The Way Home in the Night

A mother rabbit and her young bunny are on their way home in the dark night. ?My mother carries me through the quiet streets,? the bunny explains. ?Most of our neighbors are already home.? The bunny can see their lights in the windows, and hear and smell what they might be doing: talking on the … Continue reading “The Way Home in the Night”

Babushka: A Christmas Tale

On the eve of the very first Christmas, an old grandmother is busy tidying her home when a bright star illuminates the sky. Soon three wise men arrive and invite Babushka to join them in their travels—following the star in search of a newborn babe, the Prince of Peace. But there are dishes to be … Continue reading “Babushka: A Christmas Tale”

Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books

The inspiring true story of demonstrators standing up for the love of a library, from a New York Times bestselling illustrator In January 2011, in a moment that captured the hearts of people all over the world, thousands of Egypt’s students, library workers, and demonstrators surrounded the great Library of Alexandria and joined hands, forming … Continue reading “Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books”

Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra finds refuge from his difficult childhood by imagining the adventures of a brave but clumsy knight. This fictionalized first-person biography in verse of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra follows the early years of the child who grows up to pen Don Quixote, the first modern novel. The son of a gambling, vagabond … Continue reading “Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote”

Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics

Musician, botanist, baseball player, pilot―the Latinos featured in this collection, Bravo!, come from many different countries and from many different backgrounds. Celebrate their accomplishments and their contributions to a collective history and a community that continues to evolve and thrive today! Biographical poems include: Aida de Acosta, Arnold Rojas, Baruj Benacerraf, César Chávez, Fabiola Cabeza … Continue reading “Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics”

Eloise in Moscow

Odd Couple Invade Russia and Produce Best-seller When Kay Thompson (with Hilary Knight in tow) swept through Moscow at the height of the Cold War, the Russians didn’t know what hit them. No one could have predicted that this small masterpiece would be the result. First published in 1959 and out of print for more … Continue reading “Eloise in Moscow”

Home Sweet Home

Kids will have their imaginations captured by this beautiful, non-fiction picture book that looks at home from around the world. Home from Home celebrates the wide diversity of living quarters people around the world live in. Find out who lives in a Brooklyn brownstone or a Tokyo apartment! What about a London townhouse, or a … Continue reading “Home Sweet Home”

Du Iz Tak?

The creator of Home explores the astonishing changes in a garden, where insects talk their own mysterious language.In her follow-up to the internationally acclaimed Home, Carson Ellis invites readers to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in the natural world … even the humblest back garden! With gorgeous, exquisitely-detailed illustration that will appear to … Continue reading “Du Iz Tak?”

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books)

Coretta Scott King Book Award, Illustrator, HonorRobert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, HonorBoston Globe–Horn Book Award, Nonfiction HonorParent’s Choice AwardWall Street Journal’s 10 Best Children’s Books of the Year ListBologna Ragazzi Nonfiction Honor 2014 In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait for young people of the … Continue reading “Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books)”

Arroz con leche / Rice Pudding: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem (Bilingual Cooking Poems)

Now available in paperback, Arroz con leche / Rice Pudding is the second title of Jorge Argueta’s popular bilingual Cooking Poems series, celebrating the joys of preparing, eating and sharing food. From sprinkling the rice into the pot, to adding a waterfall of milk, cinnamon sticks, salt stars and sugar snow, Jorge Argueta’s recipe is … Continue reading “Arroz con leche / Rice Pudding: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem (Bilingual Cooking Poems)”

Guacamole: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem (Bilingual Cooking Poems)

Now available in paperback, Guacamole is the third title of Jorge Argueta’s popular bilingual Cooking Poems series, celebrating the joys of preparing, eating and sharing food. Guacamole originated in Mexico with the Aztecs and has long been popular in North America, especially in recent years due to the many health benefits of avocados. This version … Continue reading “Guacamole: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem (Bilingual Cooking Poems)”

The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes (Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Commended)

Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico’s cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca … Continue reading “The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes (Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Commended)”

Danza!: Amalia Hernández and Mexico’s Folkloric Ballet

Award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh tells the story of Amalia Hernández, dancer and founder of El Ballet Folklórico de México. Published in time for the 100th anniversary of Hernández’s birth, Danza! is the first picture book about the famous dancer and choreographer.Danza! is a celebration of Hernández’s life and of the rich history of … Continue reading “Danza!: Amalia Hernández and Mexico’s Folkloric Ballet”

Pan de Sal Saves the Day: An Award-winning Children’s Story from the Philippines [New Bilingual English and Tagalog Edition]

**Winner of the Carlos Palance Memorial Award for Literature** This colorfully illustrated multicultural children’s book presents an entertaining story from the Philippines in both English and Tagalog.A heart-warming story of a young Filipino girl who builds self-confidence after spending a day with her classmates, Pan de Sal Saves the Day: A Filipino Children’s Story is … Continue reading “Pan de Sal Saves the Day: An Award-winning Children’s Story from the Philippines [New Bilingual English and Tagalog Edition]”

Balinese Children’s Favorite Stories

This colorfully illustrated multicultural children’s book presents Balinese fairy tales and other stories—providing insight into a rich oral culture. volume presents a charming collection of well–loved myths and tales from Bali. Comprising 12 stories that have been told by mothers to children over the centuries, the tales cover classic childhood themes—good versus evil, children versus … Continue reading “Balinese Children’s Favorite Stories”

Malaysian Children’s Favourite Stories (Children’s Favorite Stories)

This colorfully illustrated multicultural children’s book presents Malaysian fairy tales and other folk stories—providing insight into a rich literary culture.Malaysian Children’s Favourite Stories is collection of folk tales drawn from the rich treasure trove of legends and historical stories in the lush Southeast Asian nation of Malaysia. This story book contains a fascinating collection of … Continue reading “Malaysian Children’s Favourite Stories (Children’s Favorite Stories)”

The Faithful Friend

A friendship is tested by love and magic in this beautiful retelling of a traditional tale from the French West Indies.On the lush tropical island of Martinique live Clement and Hippolyte, two inseparable friends. When Clement falls in love with the beautiful Pauline, Hippolyte agrees to join his best friend on his journey to propose … Continue reading “The Faithful Friend”

Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella

You may think you know this story I am going to tell you, but you have not heard it for true. I was there. So I will tell you the truth of it. Here. Now.

A Year Without Mom

A Year Without Mom follows 12-year-old Dasha through a year full of turmoil after her mother leaves for America. It is the early 1990s in Moscow, and political change is in the air. But Dasha is more worried about her own challenges as she negotiates family, friendships and school without her mother. Just as she … Continue reading “A Year Without Mom”

The Metro Dogs of Moscow

JR (short for Jack Russell) is an embassy dog. His human, George, works in embassies around the world and so they both travel. A lot. Now George is working at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow. While George loves the globetrotting life, he doesn’t think JR needs any more excitement than hanging out at the park … Continue reading “The Metro Dogs of Moscow”

Jane Foster’s Cities: London

Introduce little ones to London in this bold and graphic board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster.In this beautiful and sophisticated board book, children will be introduced to bold images of London, such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge, fish and chips, and more!Praise for Jane Foster’s ABC and Jane Foster’s 123:“Both titles are … Continue reading “Jane Foster’s Cities: London”

Jane Foster’s Cities: Paris

Introduce little ones to Paris in this bold and graphic board book by illustrator and textile designer Jane Foster.In this beautiful and sophisticated board book, children will be introduced to bold images of Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Coeur, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, and more!Praise for Jane Foster’s ABC and Jane Foster’s … Continue reading “Jane Foster’s Cities: Paris”

My Little Cities: Paris

In this delightful series written by BabyLit author Jennifer Adams and illustrated by kidlit darling Greg Pizzoli, each book showcases a different city with sweet baby-appropriate text, ridiculously charming illustrations, and a light introduction to rhyme and opposites. High-chair travelers can take a whirlwind tour of the city of light and love! Listen to the … Continue reading “My Little Cities: Paris”

Bees in the City

Lionel lives in a Paris apartment building but loves keeping bees with his Aunt Celine at her farm outside the city. But when her bees start dying, how can he help? The solution, he realizes, is in the rooftop gardens and window boxes of his apartment neighbors, representing a varied and continuously blooming array of … Continue reading “Bees in the City”

A Lion in Paris

A Lion in Paris is widely regarded as the most accomplished book by multi-award-winning children’s author/illustrator Beatrice Alemagna. It tells the story of a lion who, bored by his rural life in the savanna, seeks excitement and opportunity in the City of Light. Upon arriving in Paris, the lion is disappointed to find that despite … Continue reading “A Lion in Paris”

The World Beneath: A Novel

At the height of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, a boy must face life decisions that test what he believes—and call for no turning back. South Africa, 1976. Joshua lives with his mother in the maid’s room, in the backyard of their wealthy white employers’ house in the city by the sea. He doesn’t quite understand … Continue reading “The World Beneath: A Novel”

Aluta

For eighteen-year-old Charlotte, university life is better than she’d ever dreamed — a sophisticated and generous roommate, the camaraderie of dorm living, parties, clubs and boyfriends. Most of all, Charlotte is exposed to new ideas, and in 1981 Ghana, this may be the most exciting – and most dangerous — adventure of all. At first … Continue reading “Aluta”

The Bitter Side of Sweet

For fans of Linda Sue Park and A Long Way Gone, two young boys must escape a life of slavery in modern-day Ivory CoastFifteen-year-old Amadou counts the things that matter. For two years what has mattered are the number of cacao pods he and his younger brother, Seydou, can chop down in a day. This … Continue reading “The Bitter Side of Sweet”