By Ann Ingalls & Maryann Macdonald, Illustrated by Giselle Potter (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children – 2009)
What if you loved music more than anything in the world? Suppose you had just learned to play the organ. Now, imagine that your family has to move far from home and you have to leave your beloved instrument behind. People don’t like you in the new city because of what you look like. What will you do? How will you make yourself feel better. Let’s listen to Mary L.W.’s story.
Children’s Picture Book is not only for children, but also for grow-up people who almost forget universal mind which all babies are born with.
I have been collecting, from public libraries, the information of Children’s Picture Book relating with multicultural understanding for last 20 years, as they provide me Inner-Happiness Vitamins and help to remind of my universal mind.
The year of 2020 is hard experience for everyone in any case, especially for children. I hope some children’s picture books will give you and your children Inner-Happiness to light up your universal minds.
Nobuko T. M.
How to find a book to light up your universal mind from our collection?
Inspired by the Women’s March the estimated 5 million women, men and children marched in 82 countries on January 2017. Once there was a pink hat which was knitted by an old woman. A cat played with it. A baby caught it. A dog swiped it. And a girl found it. And then she wore her pink hat, and everyone else wore one, too!>>> On the last page, found the note about Women’s March.
Venessa is the new girl in school. There is the boy who is not very nice to Venessa. And there is the girl who helps Venessa- and , in turn, stands up for what’s right. This picture book without text shares a simple but powerful message about how the actions of a single person can inspire and entire community.
By Diane C. Mullen, Illustrated by Oriol Vidal (Charlesbridge – 2020)
One little lot sits all alone. Two helping hands push open the fence. Three long days are spent cleaning up! An abandoned lot is transformed as more and more neighbors join together to plant a share community garden.
By Vita Jimenez, Illustrated by Janet Cheeseman, Music by Erik Koskinen (Cantata Learning – 2018)
Positive, upbeat lyrics and colorful illustration teach children to celebrate diversity and embrace those who are different. On the first page, found the tips to support literacy at home: why reading and singling with your child is so important. For learning diversity of people, this is a very useful and helpful book and song in CD for young children.
By Patrice Karst, Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (Little, Brown and Company – 2019)
“When our pets aren’t with us anymore, an Invisible Leash connects our hearts to each other. FOREVER.” That’s what Zack’s friend Emily tells him after his dog Jojo dies. Zack doesn’t believe it. He only believes in what he can see. But on an enlightening journey through their neighborhood – and through his grief- he comes feel the comforting tug of the Invisible Leash. And it feels like Love.
By Heather Knowles, Illustrated by Annette Marnat (Disney Press – 2016)
Inspired by the film “Disney Moana”. The Ocean is Moana’s friend. It has seen her high and her lows, her joys and her sorrows. It has seen just how much she wants to explore the world and travel the seas. The Ocean knows Moana’s caring heart, her untiring spirit. And it knows, better than most, that Moana is special.
By Tony Johnston, Illustrated by Stephen Gammell (A Paula Wiseman Book – 2012)
The first time a baby laughs, his entire extended family gathers for a party in hopes of hearting the sweet sound again. Inspired by the custom of the Navajo, a child’s first laugh has always been a precious moment, and they celebrate this event with a First Laugh Ceremony.
By Danielle Davison, Illustrated byAnne Lambelet (Page Street Kids – 2019) Lima loves hearing stories of his father’s seafaring adventures. But when his father’s ship is lost at sea, Liam loses his love of storytelling, too. Then the Traveler, a mysterious man with marvelous stories and a magical beard, arrives. The way he weaves stories remains Liam of his father. They embark on the Traveler’s final voyage together and discover unusual curiosities, uncharted places, and unforgettable friendship.>>>”Maria the Matodor” is also by Anne Lambelt.
Limaは、船乗りである父親の冒険話を聞くのが大好きだった。しかし、父親の船が海で消息を絶ってから、物語への愛着をなくした。ところがある日、不思議なあご髭のある変わった旅人と呼ばれる人が現れ、多くの物語を話した。彼はLimaに父親を思い出させた。Limaとその旅人は、旅人の最後の航海を一緒にすることになり、Limaは限りない好奇心を満たし、未知の土地を訪れ、忘れられない友情を体験した。＞＞＞”Maria the Matador” も同じ作者。