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  • Perfect Season for Dreaming / Un tiempo perfecto para soñar, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (trans. by Luis Humberto) (12/1/2019) - A story of memories and dream-sharing, Sáenz’s picturebook offers a window on intergenerational transmission of cultural heritage that will resonate with a generation of bicultural children in the U.S., such as, Latinx, Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, and Hispanic children.
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han (12/1/2019) - A sweet coming-of-age romance that includes, but does not center around, the heroine's Korean heritage. To read this story is to fall in love with Lara Jean Covey, the boy who captures her heart, and her relationship with her two sisters.
  • The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, by Wendy Wan-Long Shang (12/1/2019) - How do we deal with the relationship between ourselves and the people we do not like? How can an America-Born Chinese girl solve the cultural identity problem? The Great Wall of Lucy Wu uses the story of a Chinese girl who is born in the US to tell you all of the answers.
  • Review: Drawn Together by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat (11/25/2019) - How do you communicate with someone when you share no common language? And what do you do when that person is family? These are some challenges that many immigrant families face and must overcome.
  • Review: Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson (11/25/2019) - Nimona is quirky comic that was originally a web comic that gained a large following and eventually published to good reviews. With a focus on friendship, belonging and dynamic artwork it's a fun read.
  • Review: Humpty Dumpty Lived Near a Wall by Derek Hughes, illustrated by Nathan Christopher (11/14/2019) - Review by Camryn Sharratt What is there on the other side of a wall? Why do we fear it? In Derek Hughes’ retelling, Humpty Dumpty finds himself trapped in the rigid routines of white-collar work. Unsatisfied and unfulfilled, he builds a ladder to see beyond the wall. Nathan Christopher’s detailed illustrations layer the story, building…
  • Review: Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison (11/14/2019) - What does it mean to be a young person living in a world where they feel detached from society, simply because they “don’t look like everyone else”
  • Review: The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad, illustrated by Hatem Ali (11/14/2019) - Faizah knows today is special because it is Asiya's first-day hijab. Asiya chooses blue, like the ocean and the sky, special but regular at the same time. Asiya is beautiful, strong and resilient and Faizah dreams to be too.
  • Review: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate (4/13/2019) - Wishtree, Katherine Applegate’s fantasy novel told from the point of view of an oak tree, shows a community of animals and humans who teach other lessons of togetherness that all readers will relate to.
  • Review: My Friend, the Starfinder by George Ella Lyon (3/29/2019) - Reviewed by Justice Sahaydak George Ella Lyon’s My Friend, the Starfinder is a simply worded picture book with gorgeous artwork by award-winning Stephen Gammell that could fill both a child and an adult with a sense of wonder. This story is a woman’s recollections of the stories she was told as a child by her…
  • Review: A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Dan Santat (3/27/2019) - A Tale Dark and Grimm is most definitely dark, most definitely grim, and most definitely gory. Stay tuned for the adventure of a lifetime as Adam Gidwitz tells you the REAL story of Hansel and Gretel.
  • Review: Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (5/3/2018) - Review by Phoebe Courant Finding Winnie is the curious origin story of the beloved bear, Winnie the Pooh. Lindsay Mattick begins her book with a young boy asking his mother to tell him a story. The woman begins to tell the story of a veterinarian named Harry Colebourn who is sent of to war to…
  • Review: Thanksgiving in the Woods by Phyllis Alsdurf, Ill. Jenny Lovlie (4/28/2018) - Review by Hannah Henricksen What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving? For most people the answer is either the people or the food, or both. In Thanksgiving in the Woods, a family and their friends celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering in the woods, amongst the trees. Wooden planks are set up for tables and hay bales…
  • Review: Over the Ocean by Taro Gomi (4/27/2018) - Review by Meghan Flora Many people are curious about what’s in the ocean, but what about what’s over the ocean? In this picturebook, a young Japanese child looks out over the vast body of water and asks the questions many of us don’t think about. “What kind of animals are over the ocean?” and “Is…
  • Review: Flotsam by David Wiesner (4/26/2018) - Review by Anna Chirhart The deep sea is a space alien to mankind…. You’d never guess it to be home of extraterrestrial beings! Flotsam is a fanciful story about a boy who is playing on a beach and finds an old camera washed up on shore. He brings the camera to “One-Hour-Photo”, to get the…
  • Review: Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman. Ill Chuck Groenink (4/25/2018) - Review by Jem Genis Beginning with the dedication “For my sister, a friend of pill bugs,” Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug tells the tale of Hank, a pill bug who lives beneath a big rock. During his day Hank crawls past several fellow insects. He scales a stick, and crosses a treacherous…
  • Review: Hello, Mr. Dodo! by Nicholas John Frith (4/24/2018) - Review by Mikah Martiarena What if Dodo Birds never went extinct? The picturebook Hello, Mr. Dodo! tells a story of an encounter between a girl named Martha and a Dodo Bird. Martha is a young girl who has taken a special interest in all types of birds. When she comes across a bird she doesn’t…
  • Review: The Color of Heaven by Kim Hwa (4/23/2018) - Review by Ellen Lewis How painful is waiting for someone you love? The anguish of waiting is well-known to the two female protagonists in The Color of Heaven. This is the final book in the Color Trilogy written by Kim Hwa. This Korean graphic novel is a love story that reveals the struggle of longing…
  • Review: Drama by Raina Telgemeier (4/22/2018) - Review by Sonia Franzen Middle school has enough drama already. But that doesn’t stop Callie from loving theater. Though, she faces a problem: she can’t sing. Instead, she becomes a member of the crew and works to create the best middle school set of Moon Over Mississippi. Throughout the novel she finds herself stumbling through…
  • Review: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (4/18/2018) - Review by Lalita Prachanty It is the year 1982, where a teenage girl sings to the lyrics of “Kids in America” by Kim Wilde as loud as she wants in the country of Iran. She wears her stylish denim jackets and tight jeans out onto the streets with no fear whatsoever. All of this would…

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