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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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      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.

      Taking Cover: One Girl's Story of Growing Up During the Iranian Revolution

      by Nioucha Homayoonfar

      Jan 2019

      Biography Middle Plus

      $17.30  $7.50  Member Price
      In 1979, eight-year-old Nioucha Homayoonfar moved from the United States to Tehran with her family and had to adjust to a new life and culture—during the turbulent Iranian Revolution. Author’s note. Foreword by Firoozeh Dumas. Afterword. Map. Time line.

      First Laugh: Welcome Baby!

      by Rose Tahe

      Jan 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      $17.05  $7.50  Member Price
      In Navajo families, the first person to make a new baby laugh hosts the child's First Laugh Ceremony. Who will earn the honor in this story?

      Authors’ notes. Illustrator’s note. Notes on the setting, the First Laugh Navajo tradition, and birth ceremonies around the world. Selected sources. Full-color illustrations drawn with pencils and finished with ballpoint pen and Photoshop.

      Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle

      by Hilda Eunice Burgos

      Jan 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      Ana María lives in a tiny Washington Heights apartment with her parents and three sisters—and Mami is expecting another baby! Ana María just wants to practice piano and get into private school, but her family keeps getting in her way.

      The Season of Styx Malone

      by Kekla Magoon

      Jan 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High

      Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene are excited to have adventures in the woods behind their house. But Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town.
      Then Caleb and Bobby Gene meet new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx is sixteen and oozes cool. Styx promises the brothers that together, the three of them can pull off the Great Escalator Trade--exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. But as the trades get bigger, the brothers soon find themselves in over their heads. Styx has secrets--secrets so big they could ruin everything.
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