By Eric A. Kimmel, Illustrated by Alida Massari (Kar-Ben Publishing – 2020)
Nicanor was a successful merchant who possessed great wealth in the ancient Alexandria. When an invitation came from the King asking Nicanor to help restore the Temple in Jerusalem, Nicanor was excited. He created a beautiful new gate for the Temple, but his happiness was lost when the marvelous gate sank into the sea on the way to Jerusalem. Then, wonder of wonder, a miracle occurs.
By Michelle Houts, Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Candlewick Press – 2019)
One summer, Thomas visits his grandmother at her seaside cottage. She gives him a magnifying glass that once belonged to his grandfather, and with it Thomas explores the beach. When his grandmother shows him a piece of sea glass, Thomas’s imagination is expanded.
By Leslie Kimmelman, Illustrated by Sharon Davey (Apple & Honey Press – 2019)
Someday, Lena hopes to be a world-famous detective. But in meantime, she’s working on “the case of Mysterious Rabbi”. The Rabbi Max seems to be everywhere. Lena investigates Rabbi Max, as he makes challah, sing with Cantor Lori, builds a sukkah and of course…slurps spaghetti! >>>The book reflects a multigenerational suburban Jewish community.
By Langston Hughes, Illustrated by Daniel Miyares (Schwartz & Wade Books – 2017, Original poem in 1924)
Follow one child on a walk through his small segregated town in the 1950s. Then watch his mind take flight as he imagines a brighter, more inclusive world. >>>Langston Hughes’s inspiring and timeless poem “Dream Variation” comes joyously to life in a gorgeously illustrated picture book.
By Katrina Moore, Illustrated by Julia Woolf (Katherine Tecen Books – 2019)
Family from far away have come to share wonderful time together. Family reunion celebrates the many ways we embrace our loved ones. Cuddle up, turn the page, and see how a simple hug goes a long, happy way.
By Shlomo Abas, Illustrated by Omer Hoffmann, Translated by Gilah Kahn-Hoffmann （Green Bean Books – 2019 for English Edition, the original in 2016)
Once upon a time in Eastern Europe, there was a small city called Chelm. The people there were known as ”The sages of Chelm” because they were supposedly very wise and intelligent. One night when the moon disappeared, they had many troubles in the darkness, and they decided to buy a new moon.
BY Verla Kay, Illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root & Barry Root (G.P. Putnam’s Sons – 2010)
Small young men racing swift horses over the rough terrain of the western United States to deliver mail is a thrilling part of American history that lives large in the imagination of us. As telling us the story of communication history along with a family’s corresponding through cross-country letter, the book informs us how the Pony Express came to be and why it didn’t last.
By Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis ( Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers – 2000)
Inspired of historical family story of the author. In the post-Civil War South, a young African American girl, Virgie, is determined to prove that she can go to school just like her older brothers. But her brothers keep saying she’s too little for the long, seven-miles walk, and that girls don’t need school. Virgie doesn’t agree, and she’s not going to let anything stand in her way. >>> The author’s note about the background of the story is on the last page.
By Anne Isaacs, Illustrated by Kevin Hawks (schwartz & Wade Books – 2014)
In 1870, Tulip Jones, a wealthy, self-reliant widow from England acquires the By-Golly Gully Ranch in Texas and soon find herself saddled with 1000 suitors. How she can handle their Wild West life style as keeping her English traditional way? It’s a funny, extraordinary, challenging, and loving story.
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.