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      Pickled Watermelon

      by Esty Schachter

      Dec 2018

      Multicultural Elementary

      It's the summer of 1986, and eleven-year-old Molly just wants to spend the summer with her friends at camp. Instead, she reluctantly heads to Israel to visit family she barely knows! With a less-than-basic knowledge of Hebrew that she picked up in Hebrew school, Molly wonders how she will be able to communicate and have fun in a country that is new and foreign to her. Luckily, surprises are in store.

      Seven Pablos

      by Jorge Luján

      Oct 2018

      Multicultural Elementary

      Pablo lives in Chile with his hardworking father. But Pablo also lives in Ecuador, deep in the Amazon rainforest. There is another Pablo living with his family in Mexico, after fleeing the dictatorship in Argentina. And in New York, Pablo shares an overcrowded apartment in the Bronx, where he’s only allowed home for twelve hours at a time. Pablo is the son of a rural schoolteacher in Peru, and another Pablo picks through garbage to survive in Rio de Janiero, while yet another Pablo has big plans to get from Guatemala to Los Angeles. Poet Jorge Luján tells the powerful story of seven different Pablos living seven different lives in this world we all call home.
      Three-color illustrations done in graphite and colored pencil.

      Water

      by Subhash Vyam

      Sep 2018

      Multicultural Elementary

      “Did we take more than our due?” Weaving his tale around a Gond fable about water, artist Subash Vyam muses on the history of our relationship to this most primeval of elements. A migrant to the city, he recalls growing up in a village where water was always scarce and human ingenuity was welcomed. In contrast to the village, the needs of the city are monstrous and there is a great danger that we will run this resource completely dry. In the end, there is only one way forward: all communities need to make a pact with Nature in order to survive — or in our mindless push to harness her powers, we might lose our own place in this universe.
      Full-color illustrations.

      Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

      by Rob Sanders

      Jun 2018

      Biography Elementary Plus

      This true story traces the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker.

      Born to Swing: Lil Hardin Armstrong’s Life in Jazz

      by Mara Rockliff

      Mar 2018

      Arts Elementary Plus

      This book captures the story of "Hot Miss Lil" Hardin Armstrong, legendary jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader—and a female pioneer on the music stage. “About Lil.” Suggestions for listening. Time line. Author’s note. Bibliography. Historical photographs. Full-color illustrations done in acrylic paint.

      Before She Was Harriet

      by Lesa Cline-Ransome

      Feb 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      An evocative poem and richly colored paintings celebrate the diverse accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, as revealed by her many names.

      Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

      by Laura Veirs

      Feb 2018

      Biography Elementary Plus

      This lyrical, lovely picture book tells the story of the determined, gifted, daring Elizabeth Cotten—one of the most celebrated American folk musicians of all time.

      Look! What Do You See?: An Art Puzzle Book of American and Chinese Songs

      by Xu Bing

      Feb 2018

      Multicultural Elementary

      A puzzle, a work of art, and a collection of classic American and Chinese songs, fill this innovative book by one of the world’s foremost contemporary artists.

      That Is My Dream!

      by Langston Hughes

      Jan 2018

      Easy Reading

      Langston Hughes's inspiring and timeless message of pride, joy, and the dream of a better life is brilliantly and beautifully interpreted in Daniel Miyares's gorgeous artwork.

      The Best Tailor in Pinbauê

      by Eymard Toledo

      Jan 2018

      Multicultural Elementary

      A small act of beauty in the midst of environmental degradation reminds young readers of their own agency and of the life-affirming strength of family and community.

      No Kimchi for Me!

      by Aram Kim

      Nov 2017

      Primary

      A little girl doesn't enjoy kimchi until her grandmother shows her how yummy it can be. About kimchi. Kimchi pancake recipe. Full-color illustrations.

      Nile Crossing

      by Katy Beebe

      Oct 2017

      Easy Reading Plus

      Khepri lives in ancient Egypt, happily fishing alongside his father in the waters of the Nile. But today, Khepri will have to replace his fishing pole with the reed pens of a scribe: it's his first day of school. Information about writing and about school in Ancient Egypt. Further reading. Author's note. Illustrator's note. Glossary. Full-color illustrations.
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