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The world is a diverse place. No two people, communities, cultures or mindsets are identical. As librarians, it’s critical to offer a collection that is as diverse as your readers. We've compiled select in-stock titles featured in our recent "Demand Diversity" webcast to help you find quality books to diversify your library's collection!

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      Ojiichan’s Gift

      by Chieri Uegaki

      May 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      When Mayumi was born, her grandfather created a garden for her. It was unlike any other garden she knew. It had no flowers or vegetables. Instead, Ojiichan made it out of stones: "big ones, little ones and ones in-between." Every summer, Mayumi visits her grandfather in Japan, and they tend the garden together. Raking the gravel is her favorite part. Afterward, the two of them sit on a bench and enjoy the results of their efforts in happy silence. But then one summer, everything changes. Ojiichan has grown too old to care for his home and the garden. He has to move. Will Mayumi find a way to keep the memory of the garden alive for both of them?

      Glossary of Japanese terms. Full-color watercolor illustrations.

      Soaring Earth: A Companion Memoir to Enchanted Air

      by Margarita Engle

      May 2019

      Nonfiction High Plus

      Margarita Engle’s childhood straddled two worlds: the lush, welcoming island of Cuba and the lonely, dream-soaked reality of Los Angeles. But the revolution has transformed Cuba into a mystery of impossibility, no longer reachable in real life. Margarita longs to travel the world, yet before she can become independent, she’ll have to start high school. Then the shock waves of war reach America, rippling Margarita’s plans in their wake. Cast into uncertainty, she must grapple with the philosophies of peace, civil rights, freedom of expression, and environmental protection. Amid the challenges of adolescence and a world steeped in conflict, Margarita finds hope beyond the struggle, and love in the most unexpected of places.

      Author’s note.

      Yasmin in Charge

      by Saadia Faruqi

      Apr 2019

      Easy Reading

      In this collection of four stories, Yasmin takes charge of some sticky situations! At home, at school, or out and about, Yasmin faces challenges head on with creativity and quick thinking. Whether she's creating a new recipe, finding a way to rescue a stuck toy for a little friend, or calming down monkeys (and classmates!), a clever solution to any problem is just around the corner!
      Discussion questions. Glossary of Urdu words. Pakistan facts. Instructions to make a paper-bag superhero. Full-color illustrations.

      Sembrando historias (Planting Stories): Pura Belpré, bibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos (The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre)

      by Anika Aldamuy Denise

      Apr 2019

      Primary Spanish

      When Pura Belpré came to America in 1921, she carried with her a passion for her homeland’s cuentos folklóricos. She became a New York City librarian renowned for her story hours—and continued to share Puerto Rican folktales across the United States by turning them into libros.
      Author’s note. Selected bibliography. Further resources. Further reading. Stories by Pura Belpré mentioned in the book. Full-color digital illustrations created in Photoshop.

      Meal

      by Blue Delliquanti

      Mar 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      Yarrow is a young chef determined to make her mark on the cutting edge of cookery with her insect-based creations. Though her enthusiasm is infectious, it rubs some of her fellow cooks the wrong way, especially Chanda Flores, Yarrow's personal hero and executive chef of an exciting new restaurant. Her people have been eating bugs for centuries, and she's deeply suspicious of this newbie's attempt to turn her traditions into the next foodie trend. While Chanda and her scrappy team of talented devotees struggle to open on time, Yarrow must win over Chanda—and Milani, the neighbor she's been crushing on for weeks—or lose this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve her dreams.

      Essay by Soleil Ho. Recipes. Character sketches. Black-and-white illustrations.

      Pizza Party: The Carver Chronicles

      by Karen English

      Mar 2019

      Independent Readers

      Richard and his third-grade class are just days away from setting a record for excellent behavior and earning a pizza party. But then their beloved teacher is out sick, and the strictest, meanest substitute takes her place.

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      Lu

      by Jason Reynolds

      Mar 2019

      Sports Middle Plus

      Born with albinism, Lu has always stood out. He'd rather be known for his hurdling talent, though. Will a discovery about his father's past affect his ability to compete? The final volume in the Track series.

      Dreamers

      by Yuyi Morales

      Feb 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn’t come empty-handed.
      She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams…and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and six-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales’s gorgeous picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly’s passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it.
      Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It’s a story about family. And it’s a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. Beautiful and powerful at any time but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.
      The lyrical text is complemented by sumptuously detailed illustrations, rich in symbolism. Also included are a brief autobiographical essay about Yuyi’s own experience, a list of books that inspired her (and still do), and a description of the beautiful images, textures, and mementos she used to create this book.
      Author’s note. “Books That Have Inspired Me.” Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paints, pen and ink, and scanned photos.

      A Very Large Expanse of Sea

      by Tahereh Mafi

      Feb 2019

      Young Adults

      2002: Shirin figures everyone at her new school will dislike her for her race, religion, and hijab. Then she meets Ocean James, who actually seems to want to get to know her—and she discovers breakdancing.

      Two Roads

      by Joseph Bruchac

      Feb 2019

      Advanced Readers

      After Ok Lee’s father dies, his mother struggles to pay the bills, so Ok teams up with classmate Mickey to win the school talent contest and take home the cash prize.

      I'm Ok

      by Patti Kim

      Feb 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      Ok Lee knows it’s his responsibility to help pay the bills. With his father gone and his mother working three jobs and still barely making ends meet, there’s really no other choice. If only he could win the cash prize at the school talent contest! But he can’t sing or dance, and has no magic up his sleeves, so he tries the next best thing: a hair braiding business.
      It’s too bad the girls at school can’t pay him much, and he’s being befriended against his will by Mickey McDonald, the unusual girl with a larger-than-life personality. Who needs friends? They’d only distract from his mission, and Ok believes life is better on his own. Then there’s Asa Banks, the most popular boy in their grade, who’s got it out for Ok.
      But when the pushy deacon at their Korean church starts wooing Ok’s mom, it’s the last straw. Ok has to come up with an exit strategy—fast.

      Carmela Full of Wishes

      by Matt de la Peña

      Feb 2019

      Primary

      When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true—she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make…
      With lyrical, stirring text and stunning, evocative artwork, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson have crafted a moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.
      Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paint and collage and then digitally manipulated.
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