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*** We love these great new books, all published in the last month or so. Islandborn (and its Spanish version, Lola) by Junot Diaz has been generating a lot of buzz.  It's a terrific book about family stories and one's own sense of self. We are enthralled by the gorgeous illustrations in You're Safe With … Continue reading "New titles available – recently published!"

A Concert in the Sand

A grandma and her little grandson take a walk along a Tel-Aviv street and encounter the conductor and musicians of the Israel Philharmonic gathering for their first performance. This beautiful book is based on the true story of the creation of the Israel Philharmonic just after the birth of the State of Israel.

A Little Piece of Ground

A Little Piece Of Ground will help young readers understand more about one of the worst conflicts afflicting our world today. Written by Elizabeth Laird, one of Great Britain’s best-known young adult authors, A Little Piece Of Ground explores the human cost of the occupation of Palestinian lands through the eyes of a young boy. … Continue reading “A Little Piece of Ground”

The Story of Hurry

After a major invasion of the Gaza Strip in late 2008, twenty-year-old Mahmoud Barghout decided to become a zookeeper. He saw that the children around him were exhausted by war, and so to provide respite, he set up the Happy Land Zoo. But the war made feeding and caring for the animals impossible—they died of … Continue reading “The Story of Hurry”

Tisha B’Av: A Jerusalem Journey

“A family explores the city of Jerusalem on the eve of Tisha B’Av, which commemorates the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem. Their guides take them outside the city, underground to see buried portions of the Western Wall, and to a sifting project and teach them the history of the holiday”–Provided by publisher.

Smelling Sunshine

All around the world in cities, towns and villages large and small clothes are washed. They are hung to dry in the breeze and sunshine and children everywhere revel in the fun of helping with the laundry. Smelling Sunshine captures some of the special moments of this day-to-day chore a wonderful, heart-warming time shared between … Continue reading “Smelling Sunshine”

Nu Dang and His Kite

More than anything, Nu Dang loves to fly his kite, but one windy day the string slips and his kite disappears. The story follows Nu Dang as he searches for his kite. In his small boat he paddles down the long brown river asking the sweet-cakes vendor, the cloth merchant, the butcher and others if … Continue reading “Nu Dang and His Kite”

Handa’s Hen

“This picture book throbs with sunshine. A stunning book.”—The Independent (U.K.) (Ages 3-7) Every morning, Handa, a young girl from the Luo tribe, feeds breakfast to Mondi, her grandma’s black hen. This morning, however, Mondi is nowhere to be seen. So Handa and her friend Akeyo set off on a hunt, coming upon two fluttery … Continue reading “Handa’s Hen”

Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko

2017 NCTE Notable Poetry Book Freeman Book Awards, honorable mention Washington State Book Awards, finalist Booklist Editors’ Choice, Books for Youth 2016 Booklist Top 10 Biographies for Youth and Top 10 Translated Books for Youth: 2017 Favorite Diverse Children’s Books of 2016, Smithsonian Book Dragon In early-1900s Japan, Misuzu Kaneko grows from precocious bookworm to … Continue reading “Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko”

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World

Follow one day in the real lives of seven kids from around the world—Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia! In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days—and this one world we all share—unites them. … Continue reading “This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World”

Around the World in Numbers

Welcome to the fun and surprising world of numbers! Did you know there were about 10,000 light bulbs on the Titanic? Or that the Eiffel Tower is repainted every seven years—using 1,500 paintbrushes and 60 tons of paint? This engaging collection of statistics encourages kids’ curiosity by sharing some unbelievable numerical facts from across the … Continue reading “Around the World in Numbers”

Book Uncle and Me

Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.But what can she do? The … Continue reading “Book Uncle and Me”

On the Spectrum

Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at sixteen, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, she decides to escape for the summer to Paris to stay with her estranged dad and her six-year-old brother, Alastair, who is … Continue reading “On the Spectrum”

The Field

A soccer story—for boy and girls alike—just in time for the World Cup!“Vini! Come! The field calls!” cries a girl as she and her younger brother rouse their community—family, friends, and the local fruit vendor—for a pickup soccer (futbol) game. Boys and girls, young and old, players and spectators come running—bearing balls, shoes, goals, and … Continue reading “The Field”

Smon Smon

Batchelder Honor Book recipient, Sonja Danowski, takes us on a journey into a beautiful, mysterious world where cooperation and generosity save the day and friendships make it wonderful.The Smon Smon hangs its last ron ron next to its won won on a lon lon and floats away in a ton ton. But when the Smon … Continue reading “Smon Smon”

Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art)

“It’s hard to take one’s eyes off this book, the wood sculptures are so appealing, so re-readings are probable.”—Chicago Tribune “Direct and charming.”— Publishers Weekly “This second work by the author of ABeCedarios follows its predecessor’s highly praised concept and design.”— Kirkus Brothers Martín and Quirino, along with other family members, carved these figures from … Continue reading “Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art)”

Animal Talk: Mexican Folk Art Animal Sounds in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art)

“A beautiful, playful, child-centric approach to language learning—and if it spawns conversations about dialects, so much the better.”—Kirkus “This interactive picture book is sure to be a young crowd-pleaser and storytime favorite.” —School Library Journal Rubí Fuentes is the daughter and apprentice of a famous Oaxacan woodcarver. Oddly, she met Efraín Broa in Atlanta, GA, … Continue reading “Animal Talk: Mexican Folk Art Animal Sounds in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art)”

ABeCedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art)

“Featuring vibrant wooden sculptures by a Oaxacan family of artists…The highly saturated color backdrops and stunning sculptures win over readers of all ages.”— Publishers Weekly “An outstanding alphabet book.”— Críticas “[A] colorful and inventive way for teaching a young child their ABCs. Highly recommended; even adults will enjoy lingering over the unique animal artistry.”— Midwest … Continue reading “ABeCedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art)”

Colores de la Vida: Mexican Folk Art Colors in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art)

“Each page captures a sense of wonder, of the vibrancy of color, the imagination of the artist, the name of the hue. Colors take life in this small picture book, perfect for small hands, in an astonishing pairing of visual intimacy and artistic joy that make this one of the most distinctive recent books on … Continue reading “Colores de la Vida: Mexican Folk Art Colors in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art)”

The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case (Precious Ramotswe Mysteries for Young Readers)

Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn’t it be nice to be a detective? This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious. When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets … Continue reading “The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case (Precious Ramotswe Mysteries for Young Readers)”

Islandborn

From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination.   Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places.   So when Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw … Continue reading “Islandborn”

Brilliant

The Black Dog of Depression has descended over the adults of Dublin. Uncles are losing their businesses, dads won’t get out of bed, mothers no longer smile at their children. Siblings Raymond and Gloria have had enough and set out one night with one goal in mind: to stop the Black Dog, whatever it takes. … Continue reading “Brilliant”

Tales from Old Ireland PB w CD

This enchanting collection of favorite Irish folk tales deserves to be read aloud at every hearth. Described by Malachy Doyle in captivating language, the larger-than-life characters, dramatic landscapes, and magical happenings of all the tales, including the famous legend of the bewitched Children of Lir, are also brought vividly to life by the luminous art … Continue reading “Tales from Old Ireland PB w CD”

A Dublin Fairytale

Once upon a time there was a little girl called Fiona who lived in Dublin. But Dublin is full of colorful characters and creatures from the fairytale realm. Often not seen or heard, they reside in some of Dublin’s most famous locations and landmarks! Travel across the city with Fiona and her fantastic friends in … Continue reading “A Dublin Fairytale”

The Night Diary

In the vein of Inside Out and Back Again and The War That Saved My Life comes a poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India’s partition, and of one girl’s journey to find a new home in a divided country It’s 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: … Continue reading “The Night Diary”

Festival of Colors

Learn all about Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, in this lush picture book from bestselling mother/son duo Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal.Spring is here, and it’s almost time for Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors. Siblings Mintoo and Chintoo are busy gathering flowers to make into colorful powders to toss during the festival. And … Continue reading “Festival of Colors”

Am I small? Ndimncinane?: Children’s Picture Book English-Xhosa (Dual Language/Bilingual Edition)

Bilingual Edition English-Xhosa “Am I small?” – Tamia is not sure and keeps asking various animals that she meets on her journey. Eventually she finds the surprising answer… Reviews “immensely enjoyable“—ForeWord Clarion Reviews “for children who enjoy lingering over pages full of magical creatures and whimsical details […] told in simple and engaging words and … Continue reading “Am I small? Ndimncinane?: Children’s Picture Book English-Xhosa (Dual Language/Bilingual Edition)”

Africa! for Black History Month

These wonderful books about people, history, events, and cultures in different African countries are organized into groups - by topic and by age.  Please enjoy browsing - and just click to order! First up are some picture books (for kids 5-9) about influential African political and cultural leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Wangari Maathai, Miriam Makeba, … Continue reading "Africa! for Black History Month"

Women in African History – Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti

A short history of the life of one of the incredible women highlighted in UNESCO’s Women in African History series. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a leading activist during Nigerian women’s anti-colonial struggles. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (1900–1978) was a leading activist during Nigerian women’s anti-colonial struggles. She founded the Abeokuta Women’s Union, one of the most impressive women’s … Continue reading “Women in African History – Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti”

Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince (The African Graphic Novel Series)

In a land beset by political turmoil and bloody conflict comes the epic saga of Shaka. Ousted by one of his chief father’s jealous wives and raised in exile, his destiny is sealed through allegiance to a rival chief. Responding to threats from expanding slave trade in southern Africa, Shaka consolidates a new kingdom through … Continue reading “Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince (The African Graphic Novel Series)”

The Day Gogo Went to Vote

Illustrated in rich pastels, this child’s-eye view of an important milestone in South African history allows young readers to experience every detail of this eventful day.