By Ree Drummond, Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers (HARPER – 2017)
Littel Ree used to be a city girl. Now she and her parents move to the ranch and lives with her grandparents. Little Ree loves cooking with Grandma. But soon Little Ree discovers that ranch life can be tough. With warmth and humor, the author shows that being a country girl isn’t about right pair of boots, it’s about the right attitude.
By Alex Dorros and Arthur Dorros, Illustrated by Susan Guevara (Abrams Books for Young Readers – 2007)
In a small village, Hercules is known for his great strength and Socrates for his keen intelligence. Whenever the village have a problem, they need one or the other for help. Each man argues that he is the most important person in the village. >>> With characteristic mix of Spanish and English, the author, Arthur Dorros inspired the story which his son, Alex Dorros wrote as being at twelve years old.
By Megan Wagner Lloyd, Illustrated by Abigail Halpin (Alfred A. Knopf – 2017) With hot chocolate in the winter. With rainbows in the spring. With picnics in the summer. And leaf chasing in the fall. Every time is the right time for fort building! Children’s imagination gives a lot of fun and creation as enjoying each season and opportunity.
By Cheryl Keely, Illustrated by Celia Krampien (Sleeping Bear Press – 2017) What is a bridge? Is it just a structure to connect one point of land with another? Or is it much more? Discover the many ways bridge can bring us together. Fun, bouncy text and informative sidebars are complemented by colorful, detailed illustration in this around-the world journey.
>>>After reading the book and getting idea of bridge, children can try to create own bridge with everyday goods to improve own STEM skill.
By Eileen Spinelli, Illustrated by Geraldo Valerio (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers – 2004) HATS! Unique, distinctive, wonderful hats! This bright and cheerful picture book presents many different kinds hats from all over the world, and all different epoch of the human history. And then, the reader might think twice before going outside without your hat.
By Katie Yamasaki (Holiday House – 2018) When city kids Rosie and Takeo visit their cousin Lila in the country, they give her a cool hairdo like theirs and teach her how to skateboard and use chopsticks. Then Lila introduces her cousins to nighttime strolls and fireflies. This poignant story, with stunning art by an internationally know muralist and community artist, celebrates kinship in a multi-ethnic family.
By Anna Baccelliere, Illustrated by Ale + Ale (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers – 2017) Every child has the right to play – but in some parts of the world, children spend more time working than playing. This thought-provoking book, as comparing the same item, captures how different the world can look from the eyes of those less privileged.
By Nadia L. Hohn, Illustrated by Irene Luxbacher (Groundwood Books -2017) Malaika is happy to be with Mummy again, but she needs to move to a different country, Canada, with Mummy. Being part of a new family consisted with her own mother and new father and new sister, means a big challenge for Malaika and misses a lot of her Caribbean Grandma and her Caribbean daily life. It’s a wonderful story how to establish Malaika’s new life in the strange country.
By Lynn Reiser (Greenwillow Books – 1993) Margaret speaks English but not Spanish. Margarita speaks Spanish but not English. On that day in the park, there are no kids but them. Can they still play together? Margaret and Margarita, two robust girls, show the readers how to become play-friends as crossing over their language barrier. English text colored in Pink and Spanish text colored in Blue, therefore we can enjoy their friend-ship process visually as well.
By Alma Flor Ada, Illustrated by Elivia Savadier (Atheneum Books for Young Readers – 2002) Saturdays and Sundays are very exciting days for the little girl in this story. On Saturdays, she visits her father’s parents who come from an European-American background, and on Sunday/domingos she visits her mother’s parents who are Mexican-American. While the two sets of grandparents are different in many ways, they also have a great deal in common-in particular, their love for their granddaughter. The depth and joy of both cultures are conveyed in Spanish and English, and the affirmation of both heritages speaks to all children who want to learn about their own families and ethnic backgrounds.