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Mommy's Khimar

Mommy's Khimar

by Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah / Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You

Selected as a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness A young Muslim girl spends a busy day wrapped up in her mother's colorful headscarf in this sweet and fanciful picture book from debut author and illustrator Jamilah Tompkins-Bigelow and Ebony Glenn. A khimar is a flowing scarf that my mommy wears. Before she walks out the door each day, she wraps one around her head. A young girl plays dress up with her mother's headscarves, feeling her mother's love with every one she tries on. Charming and vibrant illustrations showcase the beauty of the diverse and welcoming community in this portrait of a young Muslim American girl's…

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Fur, Feather, Fin--All of Us Are Kin

Fur, Feather, Fin--All of Us Are Kin

by Lang, Diane / Beach Lane Books

Come along on a rhyming tour through the amazing animal kingdom--from mammals to millipedes and everything in between--with this engaging picture book about how all creatures are connected There are so many wild and wonderful animals in our world. Some have fur, some have feathers, some have fins, but all are connected. This fact-filled rhyming exploration of the diversity of the animal kingdom celebrates mammals, birds, insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and more It's a perfect match for budding naturalists and animal enthusiasts…

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Koko & Bo

Koko & Bo

by Adbage, Lisen / Enchanted Lion Books

Have you ever been faced by the overwhelming feeling of I DON'T WANT TO? Koko has. Koko doesn't want to go home, Koko doesn't want to go to sleep, and Koko doesn't want to get up either But Bo is patient. He knows that Koko will come home when bored, will go to sleep when tired, and will get up when hungry--he just has to wait for Koko to figure it out. Koko and Bo is about two people, one big and one small, quietly negotiating the relationship between freedom and trust to reach a better understanding of each other and the…

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Fox & Chick: The Party: & Other Stories

Fox & Chick: The Party: & Other Stories

by Ruzzier, Sergio / Chronicle Books

Fox and Chick don't always agree. But Fox and Chick are always friends. With sly humor and companionable warmth, Ruzzier deftly captures the adventures of these two seemingly opposite friends. Full…

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The Very Last Castle

The Very Last Castle

by Jonker, Travis / Harry N. Abrams

A curious little girl watches the man who guards the last castle in town. Every time she passes by him, she tries to catch his eye. While the other townspeople fear what may be locked up inside the mysterious castle, the girl finally gets up the courage to knock on the door and find out what's really behind the gate. A story about overcoming fear of the unknown, trying new things, and reaching out to make new friends, The Very Last Castle shows that bravery comes in packages both big and…

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Saffron Ice Cream

Saffron Ice Cream

by Kheiriyeh, Rashin / Arthur A. Levine Books

"With her colorful, exuberant folk-art illustrations and upbeat, friendly tone, Rashin makes a daunting cross-cultural leap seem as easy as a summer breeze." -- New York Times Book Review Rashin is excited about her first visit to the beach in her family's new home. On the way there, she remembers what beach trips were like in Iran, the beautiful Caspian Sea, the Persian music, and most of all, the saffron ice cream she shared with her best friend, Azadeh. But there are wonderful things in this new place as well -- a subway train, exciting music... and maybe even a new friend…

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Mae Among the Stars

Mae Among the Stars

by Ahmed, Roda / HarperCollins

An Amazon Best Book of the MonthA beautiful picture book for sharing, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison.A great classroom and bedtime read-aloud, Mae Among the Stars is the perfect book for young readers who have big dreams and even bigger hearts When Little Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding, and discovering.She wanted to be an astronaut.Her mom told her, "If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible."Little Mae's curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents' encouraging words, paved the way for her…

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Do Not Lick This Book

Do Not Lick This Book

by Ben-Barak, Idan / Roaring Brook Press

Min is a microbe. She is small.Very small.In fact, so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before--like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle of your shirt. Written by Idan Ben-Barak, with illustrations from Julian Frost, Do Not Lick This Book is perfect for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the…

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Me And My Fear

Me And My Fear

by Sanna, Francesca / Nobrow Press

"With its warm palette and gentle scenes of the worried child being comforted, this book could function as a sequel to Sanna's astounding debut picture book, The Journey, which recounted a family's dangerous flight from their home in a war zone. Sanna provides an empathetic exploration of the adjustment to a new land that all migrants experience."--New York Times Book Review When a young immigrant girl has to travel to a new country and start at a new school, she is accompanied by her Fear who tells her to be alone and afraid, growing bigger and bigger every day with questions like "how can you hope to make new friends if you don't understand their language?" But this little…

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Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

by Duncan, Alice Faye / Calkins Creek Books

A 2019 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book * A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * A Booklist Editors' Choice * A Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book * Booklist Top 10 Diverse Books for Middle Grade or Older Readers * A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books "(A) history that everyone should know: required and inspired." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review This historical fiction picture book presents the story of nine-year-old Lorraine Jackson, who in 1968 witnessed the Memphis sanitation strike--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final stand for justice before his assassination--when her father, a sanitation worker, participated in the protest. In February…

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I Really Want to See You, Grandma

I Really Want to See You, Grandma

by Gomi, Taro / Chronicle Books

Yumi and her grandmother have the same great idea: They want to see each other. So they each head out to do just that, only to completely miss each other along the way No problem--they'll just head back home and wait for the other to return. The trouble is that they have the same great idea--again--resulting in the ultimate missed connection Will this duo ever find each other? Leave it to bestselling author-illustrator Taro Gomi to spin an action-packed story that sweetly, and humorously, celebrates the powerful grandparent-child…

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Down by the River

Down by the River

by Weiner, Andrew / Harry N. Abrams

One beautiful autumn day, Art sets out with his mother and grandfather for a fishing trip. Fishing days are Art's favorite. He loves learning the ropes from Grandpa--the different kinds of flies and tackle and the trout that frequent their favorite river. Art especially appreciates Grandpa's stories. But, this time, hearing the story about Mom's big catch on her first cast ever makes Art feel insecure about his own fishing skills. But, as Art hooks a beautiful brown trout, he finds reassurance in Grandpa's stories and marvels in the sport and a day spent with family, promising to continue the tradition with his own grandkids generations later. Illustrated with lush…

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Goodnight Everyone

Goodnight Everyone

by Haughton, Chris / Candlewick Press (MA)

From the creator of Shh We Have a Plan comes a mesmerizing bedtime tale of a forest settling into slumber and one little bear trying to stay awake. The sun is setting, and everyone in the forest is getting sleepy. The mice, rabbits, and deer all give great big yawns as they snuggle up with their families for the night. But someone isn't sleepy just yet. Little Bear thinks he can stay awake a bit longer. Can he do it? Chris Haughton's bold and vibrant illustrations will captivate little ones eager to stay up just a teeny bit longer, while sweet depictions of animals cozying up in their beds for the night will soon have them yawning off to a dreamland of their…

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Dear Substitute

Dear Substitute

by Scanlon, Liz Garton / Disney-Hyperion

When a substitute teacher named Miss Pelly comes to class, one student bristles at the change in routine-Miss Pelly doesn't follow the rules like Mrs. Giordano. But in time, our student learns that even though the substitute may do things a little differently, and she may be a bit silly, mixing things up might not be so bad. Told in a series of epistolary poems, this funny, relatable picturebook is a great fit for classrooms and for any child nervous about new…

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